Education Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi used an official ministry car to tour a “sexy yoga” studio in Tokyo run by a former porn actress, a weekly magazine said on Tuesday, in another apparent scandal to hit the government.
The weekly Shukan Bunshun reported in its online edition that Hayashi visited the studio – where an instructor gives a private yoga class and then an oil massage to a client in a compartment – in the Ebisu neighborhood. from the capital on the afternoon of April 16. and spent two hours there.
The 57-year-old Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology told a relative he went there for “better health,” a source said. .
(Education Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi apologized on Wednesday.)
But Hayashi also said the visit was something “that could lead to misunderstandings about the distinction between private and public affairs,” according to the source.
Regarding the use of official cars, the Ministry of Education states that their use is primarily intended for the proper performance of official duties.
As for Hayashi’s use of the official car to tour the studio, the ministry believes this was not against the regulations as Hayashi traveled there between public functions.
However, the latest revelation could deal a further blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, which has been battered by a flurry of political scandals, including allegations of favoritism against the prime minister and a sexual harassment complaint against the country’s top official. Ministry of Finance.
The weekly said the yoga studio has been touted on television as a “yoga hostess club” because its instructors are former hostesses and models.