Information has emerged that Shukan Bunshun reported in its latest issue that went on sale on June 29 that the Hakuyukai (based in Tokyo), a political support group for Hakubun Shimomura, the Executive Acting Secretary General of Liberal Democratic Party, received political donations from the Kake Educational Institution (Kake Gakuen, based in Okayama City). The donations were not recorded in its accounting reports. Kake Gakuen is planning to take advantage of the National Strategic Special Zone (NSSZ) system to open a new veterinary school.
In response to inquiries from Tokyo Shimbun, Shimomura said, “There was no such donation.” He stated that he would hold a press conference on June 29 to explain the matter.
Kake Gakuen issued the following comments on June 28: “We refrain from answering questions as we have not read the magazine article.”
Shukan Bunshun reports in its July 6 issue that Kake Gakuen purchased fundraising party tickets, worth a total of 2 million yen, from Hakuyukai in 2013 and 2014, when Shimomura was minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology.
Under the Political Funds Control Law, political groups are required to report purchases of party tickets worth more than 200,000 yen. However, the Hayukukai’s accounting reports did not account for the above purchases.
Shimomura was education minister from December 2012 to October 2015.