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CDPJ calls for filing perjury complaint against former Finance Ministry official Sagawa

The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) announced on June 26 that nine statements made by former National Tax Agency Commissioner Nobuhisa Sagawa in his testimonies to the Diet on the sale of government land to Moritomo Gakuen might constitute perjury.


The CDPJ, the Japanese Communist Party, and others called on the ruling parties to join them in filing a complaint against Sagawa for violating the Diet Testimony Law.


Sagawa was summoned as sworn witness at Budget Committee sessions of both houses of the Diet in March. CDPJ Secretary General in the House of Councillors Renho held a news conference on June 26, where she stated that five statements made in the House of Representatives and four in the Upper House might constitute perjury.


Renho cited as example Sagawa’s testimony that he learned about the Moritomo issue for the first time “from news reports in early February last year.” However, the investigation report released by the Finance Ministry on June 4 states that he was briefed by the section in charge in early February last year.


A decision to file a criminal complaint requires a two-thirds majority vote of Diet members in attendance. Liberal Democratic Party Diet Affairs Committee Chair Hiroshi Moriyama said at a news conference on June 26: “We would like to study this issue carefully since this is a matter relating to human rights.”


Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi also asserted, “This should be discussed carefully, bearing in mind the seriousness of filing a criminal complaint.” (Slightly abridged)

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