Apr 28, 2014

Plug political funding loopholes

The fact that a question even exists on whether Your Party former chief Yoshimi Watanabe broke the law when he personally borrowed ¥800 million from a cosmetics company chairman ahead of elections points to the inadequacy of current laws on political funding transparency.

/ Apr 25, 2014

Watanabe cash unaccounted for

Your Party said Thursday that about ¥90 million in questionable loans from a businessman to Yoshimi Watanabe, the former head of the opposition party, remain unaccounted for. In an investigative report on the loan scandal, the party said some ¥500 million was transferred to a ...

Veteran lawmaker Asao to run in Your Party leadership race

/ Apr 9, 2014

Veteran lawmaker Asao to run in Your Party leadership race

A veteran lawmaker of Your Party said Wednesday he will run in the upcoming party leadership election after its chief resigned over a money scandal. "We must protect the party," Keiichiro Asao, the party's secretary-general, said at a press conference announcing his candidacy in the ...

/ Apr 8, 2014

DHC chairman calls resignation 'impressive' move

Following the resignation Monday of Your Party leader Yoshimi Watanabe amid a scandal involving ¥800 million in loans from major cosmetics company DHC Corp., its chairman, Yoshiaki Yoshida, issued a statement later the same day. "We can say that (Yoshimi Watanabe) has acted in an ...