Aug 19, 2014

Higher standards for assemblies

Recent instances of strange or illegal behavior on the part of municipal and prefectural assembly members, including a bawling jag by a Hyogo assemblymen whose hand was caught in the cookie jar, have given many citizens cause to suspect that the overall quality of ...

Jun 30, 2014

Japanese lawmakers reveal 2013 incomes

The average declared incomes of lawmakers reached ¥22.81 million in 2013, up ¥2.75 million from the previous year, figures showed Monday. Incomes rose for a second straight year, but the average was skewed by one individual’s income: a record ¥3 billion or so received ...

Legislators turning to Internet for funds

Jun 24, 2014

Legislators turning to Internet for funds

by Takuro Kishimoto

Younger lawmakers are increasingly turning to crowdfunding as a way of raising money to finance their political activities. Ryota Kimura, a 30-year-old member of the Hirakata Municipal Assembly in Osaka Prefecture, recently asked for ¥100,000 on an online crowdfunding site to cover some of ...

Aug 17, 2013

Lawmakers hurry off on summer overseas trips

Lawmakers are rushing off on official overseas trips for the holiday season amid political stability at home and with the Diet in recess, creating an opportunity absent in the past two summers. Politicians were forced to skip trips abroad because of the Great East ...

May 27, 2013

Average value of Diet lawmakers' assets grows to ¥32 million

The average value of assets held by Lower House members came to ¥32.28 million, slightly up from a record low ¥31.52 million in the previous survey, released in February 2010, according to a Kyodo News tally based on data released Monday. The amount, which ...