May 26, 2016

Masuzoe's questionable conduct

The Diet needs to plug a gaping loophole in the Political Funds Control Law so politicians cannot use political money for private purposes.

Masuzoe defiant on expenses furor

May 20, 2016

Masuzoe defiant on expenses furor

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Embattled Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said Friday his expense reports will from now on undergo scrutiny by third-party lawyers. He is under fire for allegedly charging the cost of his five-star travel accommodations and artwork purchases to taxpayers. “I am now waiting for responses ...

May 17, 2016

Tokyo governor rebuked over expenses scandal

A senior lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party criticized Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe on Tuesday for using political funds for private purposes. Masuzoe “needs to reflect seriously (on his conduct),” LDP Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki said at a news conference. “As the top official ...

Japanese garden officially unveiled in Paris

Oct 30, 2015

Japanese garden officially unveiled in Paris

A Japanese garden was officially opened this week in the grounds of Domaine de la Celle Saint-Cloud in Paris, the castle used by the French Foreign Ministry as a guesthouse. The garden’s completion marks an integration of Japanese and French cultures, French Foreign Minister ...

Masuzoe advises Paris on bid for 2024 Olympics

Oct 29, 2015

Masuzoe advises Paris on bid for 2024 Olympics

Paris’ bid to host the 2024 Olympics is more likely to be successful if the city can present plans to effectively use its various sports facilities, visiting Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe has said. Masuzoe made the comment during a joint news conference Wednesday with ...