LDP candidate secures Tokuda's seat in Kagoshima

Apr 28, 2014

LDP candidate secures Tokuda's seat in Kagoshima

Former Kagoshima Prefectural Assembly chief Masuo Kaneko won a seat in the House of Representatives in Sunday’s by-election, defeating independent Akashi Uchikoshi, who was backed by the Democratic Party of Japan. A member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Kaneko, 67, was also backed ...

Feb 13, 2014

Another Tokuda sister cops to poll violation

Another elder sister of independent House of Representatives member Takeshi Tokuda pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally helping her brother’s election campaign in 2012. Narumi Koshizawa, 50, allegedly provided cash or airline tickets worth ¥150 million to employees of the Tokushukai hospital group in a ...

Dec 24, 2013

Tokuda's mom, sister indicted for vote-buying

Prosecutors indicted the mother and sister of Lower House lawmaker Takeshi Tokuda on Tuesday for providing ¥60 million in vote-buying funds to campaign workers during the 2012 general election campaign. Hideko Tokuda, 75, and Michiyo Stern, 46, the mother and elder sister of Takeshi ...

Vote-buying probe nets arrest of Tokuda's mom

Dec 4, 2013

Vote-buying probe nets arrest of Tokuda's mom

Prosecutors arrested six people, including the mother of a Lower House lawmaker, on Wednesday as part of the vote-buying and campaign-funding scandal embroiling the Tokushukai hospital group. They are suspected of providing local politicians and others with ¥60 million in vote-buying funds for the ...

Inose apologizes to cantankerous assembly

Nov 29, 2013

Inose apologizes to cantankerous assembly

by Masaaki Kameda

Embattled Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose apologized Friday for “causing concerns and troubles” among Tokyo citizens over a money scandal but refused to step down. Inose attended a metropolitan assembly session for the first time since the scandal involving an alleged ¥50 million loan from ...

Nov 25, 2013

Activists file criminal complaint against Tokyo governor

A citizens’ group has filed a criminal complaint against Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose for receiving ¥50 million from a hospital chain at the center of his campaign money scandal, sources said Monday. The group headed by Tamaki Mitsui, a former public prosecutor, sent the ...

Hospital source disputes Inose's loan story

Nov 25, 2013

Hospital source disputes Inose's loan story

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose sought a ¥100 million donation before last year’s gubernatorial election from the hospital organization currently at the center of a major fraud scandal, a source close to the group said, challenging the governor’s claim that he never asked for that ...