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LDP vice president claims Minister Amari “framed” in bribery scandal

  • 2016-01-25 15:00:00
  • , Asahi
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(Asahi: January 24, 2016 – p. 4)

 

 Senior Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) officials took a wait-and-see attitude on Jan. 23 in relation to Shukan Bunshun’s report of Economic Revitalization Minister Akira Amari’s alleged involvement in a bribery scandal, since Amari said he will release a report on this affair this week.

 

 LDP Vice President Masahiko Komura told reporters in Tokyo: “Mr. Amari will fulfill his responsibility to give an explanation on everything. You should draw your conclusion after hearing his explanation.” He also asserted that, “I have a feeling that he was framed because conversations were recorded and photographs were taken. He was not only framed, but a detailed story was also concocted.” He showed understanding for Amari’s response, stating: “Even if one has not done anything wrong, it is not good to talk based on vague memories. I don’t think there’s any wrong with spending a week to recall what happened accurately and verify this with the concerned individuals.”

 

 Policy chief Tomomi Inada also told reporters in Nagoya City: “Since Mr. Amari said he will conduct a thorough investigation and fulfill his responsibility to explain, I would like to wait for his explanation.”

 

 General Council chief Toshihiro Nakai was campaigning for the LDP-endorsed candidate in the Ginowan City mayoral election in Okinawa on Jan. 24. When asked how the Amari affair would affect the mayoral race, he said the election was not affected.

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