• Kyodo


The head of a support group for Kenji Koso, a former postal official who won his first Diet seat in the July 29 House of Councilors election, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of campaign infractions, the latest in a string of alleged violations linked to the lawmaker.

Police said Tadashi Kobayashi, 72, was arrested on suspicion of breaking the Public Offices Election Law by requesting the support of a senior postal official in Koso’s campaign. Koso went on to collect some 480,000 votes as a Liberal Democratic Party candidate.

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