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Three LDP politicians receive money from industry body during TPP talks in Hawaii

  • July 8, 2016
  • , pp. 18-21
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According to the July 8 edition of the Shukan Asahi, three LDP politicians received money from an industry body when they were in Hawaii for talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact last July.

 

The weekly magazine learned from several Japan Poultry Association (JPA) directors that their Chairman Eizo Kuriki and Senior Vice Chairman Takashi Tomaru gave a total of 800,000 yen to LDP politicians. The LDP sent Koya Nishikawa, Hiroshi Moriyama, Mitsuhiro Miyakoshi, Takamori Yoshikawa and Itsunori Onodera to talks in Hawaii. When the magazine asked them if the LDP politicians received the money, Moriyama, Nishikawa and Miyakoshi admitted they did receive it. The offices of Nishikawa and Miyakoshi said the money has been returned. However, Moriyama’s office replied, “We have instructed the return of the money and it is in the process.”

 

The JPA receives a subsidy of about 5.2 billion yen every year. The Political Funds Control Law prohibits entities that receive subsidies from making political donations within a year of receiving government funds. With regards to the cash he received from Kuriki, Moriyama argues “that the subsidy does not correspond to a donation prohibited under the Political Funds Control Law.”

 

Kuriki and Tomaru stepped down during a JPA general meeting held on June 16. (Summary)

 

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