Official resigns over post-quake pinball
Fri May 30, 6:26 AM ET
TOKYO (Reuters) - A senior Japanese local government official has resigned after admitting to playing pinball instead of helping to deal with a powerful earthquake (news - web sites) in the area, Kyodo news agency says.
Takashi Chiba, the deputy governor of Akita Prefecture in northern Japan, was enjoying a game of "pachinko," a popular pinball-like game, when a strong earthquake struck at about 6:30 p.m. on Monday, the agency said on Friday.
The official has since resigned.