• Kyodo News


Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s mother “loaned” him around ¥900 million over five years to 2008 and some of the money may have been recorded as coming from fictitious donors in his political funding reports, sources said Wednesday.

They said the roughly ¥180 million per year over the five years were treated as loans, otherwise Hatoyama would have had to pay a huge gift tax if the money was merely given to him by his 87-year-old mother, Yasuko, the oldest daughter of Bridgestone Corp. founder Shojiro Ishibashi.

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