The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its two smaller allies said Sept. 22 they will examine their funds and political ethics to salvage the public’s trust in the wake of Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto’s ill-fated appointment of convicted bribe-taker Koko Sato to his new Cabinet.

The meeting will be top level, with the heads and secretary generals of the LDP, the Social Democratic Party and New Party Sakigake discussing broader issues, including the reform of money politics. The discussions were proposed by the heads of both the SDP and Sakigake when they met Hashimoto following his acceptance of Sato’s resignation.

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