TOKYO, July 4 (Xinhua) -- A high-ranking official of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology was arrested Wednesday for allegedly accepting a bribe in exchange for a personal favor, Tokyo prosecutors said.
Futoshi Sano, 58, the director-general and former deputy vice minister, is alleged to have received a bribe from a private university in Tokyo to accept his child, in return for supporting a project at the university.
Sano allegedly received the bribe from the university in May 2017, the special squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office said.
They said Sano is alleged to have taken the bribe when he was head of the ministry's secretariat in May last year.
In return for helping the university to be selected for the ministry's aid program to support private universities, the university allegedly added points to his child's entrance exam.
The prosecutors said that Sano's child passed the university's entrance examination in February.
As part of their ongoing investigations, prosecutors were searching the education ministry, local media reported.
Education and Science Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told a press briefing that he had been informed of Sano's arrest by Justice Ministry officials.
Hayashi said Sano's arrest was very regrettable.
He added the ministry would cooperate fully with the investigation and measures would be taken quickly to ensure Sano's responsibilities continue to be carried out during his arrest.
Sano has held the post of director-general of the Science and Technology Policy Bureau at the ministry since July 2017.