/ Sep 23, 2016

Political parties used 20% less of their subsidies in 2015

Total spending of state subsidies by 10 of Japan’s political parties sank 19.8 percent to about ¥26 billion in 2015, the internal affairs ministry disclosed in a report Friday. The year-on-year drop occurred after spending on election-related expenses plunged 62.3 percent to around ¥3.3 ...

Toyama assembly expenses fraud case widens to include speaker

/ Sep 21, 2016

Toyama assembly expenses fraud case widens to include speaker

The Toyama Municipal Assembly has accepted the resignations of six of its members, including the speaker, over alleged misuse of political funds. Speaker Ryuichi Ichida, 61, from the Liberal Democratic Party, submitted his resignation on Tuesday, admitting falsifying and padding the costs of office ...

Farm minister admits taking ¥200,000 from poultry lobbyist

Jun 28, 2016

Farm minister admits taking ¥200,000 from poultry lobbyist

Agriculture minister Hiroshi Moriyama admitted Tuesday receiving ¥200,000 in cash last year from the head of an industry body while holding a key position in the Liberal Democratic Party on negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership but before he joined the Cabinet. Moriyama said he ...