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DPJ to step up pursuit of Amari at Lower House Budget Committee

  • 2016-01-26 15:00:00
  • , Asahi
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(Asahi: January 26, 2016 – p. 4)


 The main opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) held on Jan. 25 the first meeting of its “special assignment team” to pursue the influence-peddling scandal involving Economic Revitalization Minister Akira Amari. At the meeting of the task force, which was also attended by members of the smaller opposition Japan Innovation Party (JIP), the lawmakers heard views from a former prosecutor and sorted out the points at issue. The opposition camp intends to force Amari to resign by highlighting the issue mainly during deliberations at the House of Representatives Budget Committee.


 At the task force meeting, Secretary General Yukio Edano said: “Mr. Amari is a key minister of the Abe administration. We must do our utmost to pursue the issue.” The DPJ and JIP lawmakers discussed the arguments with Nobuo Gohara, a lawyer and former prosecutor.


 The special assignment team also confirmed that it will hear the facts from the Urban Renaissance Agency (UR), which was mentioned in the report on the scandal, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on Jan. 26.


 At a question and answer session by party representatives on the 26th, DPJ President Katsuya Okada will point out that “Prime Minister Abe bears grave accountability” for the scandal, but the largest opposition party will shift its offensive to the Lower House’s Budget Committee. (Abridged)

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