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Former LH member Muneo Suzuki keen to resume political activities

  • April 30, 2017
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

Muneo Suzuki, 69, leader of New Party Daichi, is keen to make a political comeback after his civil rights, which were suspended as a result of his conviction for the crime of bribe-taking and abusing influence, are restored on April 30. Suzuki stated at a gathering with his supporters in Sapporo City on April 29: “We don’t know when the next election will be held, but when the time comes, I would like to ask for your support and make a decision.”

 

After he was arrested in 2002, Suzuki had run in the House of Representatives proportional representation Hokkaido bloc in 2005 and 2009 and was elected both times. However, the Supreme Court rejected his appeal in September 2010 and his sentence of two years’ imprisonment and a fine of 1.1 million yen became final, so he lost his Diet seat. He was imprisoned in December 2010. Although he was released on parole in December 2011, his civil rights, including his eligibility to run for office, were suspended for five years from the end of his prison term, in accordance with the Public Office Election Law.

 

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