• Kyodo


An influential Liberal Democratic Party politician criticized Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Wednesday for suggesting he might back the removal of a 12-year ban on stock transactions by Cabinet ministers.

“The lead that plunged Japan into the current confusion was the Recruit scandal,” Hiromu Nonaka, a former LDP secretary general, said at a university in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture.

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