The mayor of a town in Kyushu that hosts a nuclear power plant admitted Wednesday to receiving ¥1 million in cash from a construction company in 2018, in possible violation of a political funds law.

Shintaro Wakiyama, the mayor of Genkai in Saga Prefecture, did not report the money in question to authorities, as is required under the political funds law, but has said that he did not touch it before returning it recently to Shiohama Industry. He said that he had not performed any favors for the company.

The company is known to have had close ties with a man at the heart of last year's gift scandal involving Kansai Electric Power Co.