TOKYO — Ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers dominated the list of top political donation recipients in 2016, with members raising 51.43 million yen ($452,000) each on average, according to a Kyodo News tally.
The amount is up 12 percent from the previous year and is 1.3 times bigger than that of the then largest opposition party, the Democratic Party, according to data from the lawmakers’ political funds reports.
The LDP’s House of Councillors members received 56.74 million yen on average, increasing 62 percent and reflecting expanded fundraising activities for the upper house election in July 2016.
Lawmakers of the LDP led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe occupied the top 19 spots on the list, with Abe ranking 8th with 146.5 million yen.
LDP upper house member Kenji Nakanishi topped the list, collecting 219 million yen, followed by the party’s House of Representatives member Yoichi Anami, who received 185.5 million yen.
The top recipient among members of opposition parties was Mikio Shimoji, a lower house member of the Japan Innovation Party, who ranked 20th with 121.6 million yen.
The total money raised in 2016 by the members of both chambers grew 9 percent to 28.2 billion yen, of which 9.8 billion yen was collected by upper house lawmakers.
The figures were calculated based on amounts collected by lawmakers’ fund-raising groups and the party branches they manage.