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Offices of Komeito lawmakers raided over aide scandal

  • August 4, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 8:18 p.m.
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Tokyo, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)–Public prosecutors raided offices of two Komeito lawmakers on Wednesday over alleged moneylending irregularities involving two people including a former secretary of a former member of the junior coalition partner in the Japanese ruling bloc.

 

The two are suspected of having brokered a loan contract with a government-affiliated financial institution without registering as a moneylending business provider, informed sources said.

 

The prosecutors believe that they may have made profits fraudulently through the brokerage service, the sources said.

 

The two include a former secretary of Kiyohiko Toyama, 52 who resigned as a Komeito member of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, in February.

 

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office searched an office of Lower House lawmaker Nobuhiro Yoshida of Komeito, the coalition partner of the Liberal Democratic Party.

 

The former secretary joined the Yoshida office after Toyama’s resignation.

 

The prosecutors also raided an office of Masataka Ota, another Komeito member of the Lower House, Toyama’s home in the southwestern Japan city of Fukuoka and an office of a Tokyo consulting company headed by him.

 

Over the loan, Naoyuki Ikuta, 47-year-old president of a solar power business company, who has been indicted including on fraud charges, asked Toyama to connect him to a government-affiliated financial institution when he was state minister of finance. The then secretary of Toyama handled the request, the sources said.

 

Toyama quit as a lawmaker after coming under fire in January for visiting a hostess bar in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza district during a novel coronavirus state of emergency.

 

 

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