• Kyodo


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and 16 members of his Liberal Democratic Party were among the top 20 political fundraisers in the Diet in 2013, data compiled by Kyodo News showed.

Abe ranked 12th within the top 20, having raised ¥164.05 million last year, although the figure fell short of the ¥256.74 million raised in 2012 when he ranked third. Donations received by him from companies and groups were unchanged at around ¥38 million.

In 2013, none of the members of the Democratic Party of Japan, the largest opposition party, ranked in the top 20, unlike in the 2012 ranking when there were two.

The DPJ was in government from 2009 until the LDP’s return to power in the last House of Representatives election in December 2012. That year, 14 of the top 20 were LDP members.

In the 2013 ranking, Kunio Hatoyama, an LDP Lower House member who formerly served as justice minister as well as minister for internal affairs and communications, topped the list, raising ¥407.3 million, according to the data based on the politicians’ political funds reports.

Hatoyama also had the highest income among lawmakers in 2013, reporting ¥2.94 billion, according to Diet data released in June.

Among Cabinet members, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso ranked 14th, raising ¥149.03 million, while economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari ranked 19th, raising ¥135.86 million.

Senior LDP lawmakers also ranked within the top 20, with Toshimitsu Motegi, chairman of the party’s Election Strategy Committee, ranking eighth with ¥168.94 million and LDP Vice President Masahiko Komura ranking 20th, having collected ¥133.57 million.

Keizo Takemi, former senior vice minister of health, labor and welfare, came in second after raising ¥288.63 million.

Shizuka Kamei, an independent Lower House member who formerly served as financial services minister, ranked third, having raised ¥266.45 million.

Among other opposition party leaders, Ichiro Ozawa, a veteran Lower House lawmaker who heads the People’s Life Party, slipped from the top spot in 2012 to ninth place with ¥168.21 million.

Takeo Hiranuma, chairman of the minor opposition Party for Future Generations, ranked 11th with ¥164.82 million

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