• Kyodo, JIJI


In a possible violation of the Political Funds Control Law, the private political office of arrested lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto may have diverted money from a Tokyo-based consultancy to pay the salaries of his private secretaries, investigative sources said Sunday.

Under such an arrangement, secretaries’ salaries need to be booked as “donations” from supporters. But Akimoto’s political funds reports between 2016 and 2018 had no mention of such money, which could amount to a violation of the law, the sources said.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.