LDP MP 宮崎謙介 (Miyazaki Kensuke) announced that he will resign over a sex scandal.
Miyazaki married another LDP MP 金子惠美 (Kaneko Megumi) in early 2015. Both were elected in the LDP 2012 landslide in DPJ leaning districts and belonged to the same LDP faction.
Miyazaki created a large controversy recently when he announced he will take paternity leave to help take care of the child that Kaneko just gave birth to just a few days ago. He said he was doing it a symbol of gender equity in society where paternity leave is frowned upon. Many in the opposition said the he is doing this only to get media attention.
This media attention lead to a recently revelations that Miyazaki is having an affair with an actress 宮澤磨由 (Miyazawa MigakuYukari) and was spending nights with her a couple of days before his wife was due to give birth.
The Japanese media took great glee repeatedly discussing how Miyazawa has a F-Cup size bra. When this came to light, and I am pretty sure under pressure from Abe, Miyazaki resigned.
Miyazak's district which is the Kyodo 3rd district has a historical DPJ lean. In 2014 the district was won by LDP because of the DPJ and JIP running separately.
In 2012 it was
The DPJ runner up who was represented this district 2003-2012 was elected on the PR slate in 2012 and 2014 is said to be eager to run in the by-election. Looks like ORA will also run a candidate. If there we a situation where the opposition should be able to win a by-election it should be this one. of course LDP might be too embarrassed to run a candidate and might up backing a KP candidate or even backing ORA