Graft charges against Amari and his aides dropped

National / Crime & Legal May 31, 2016

Graft charges against Amari and his aides dropped

Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped graft charges against former economy minister Akira Amari and his two former secretaries over alleged graft, citing insufficient evidence. Amari has been facing allegations that he received money in return for doing favors for a construction company, which led him to ...

Ex-ASDF chief denies misusing political funds

National / Crime & Legal Mar 8, 2016

Ex-ASDF chief denies misusing political funds

Toshio Tamogami, a former Air Self-Defense Force chief whose office was searched on suspicion of using political funds for private purposes, told reporters Tuesday the accusation was false. "I have not used political funds for private purposes. I hope they will investigate thoroughly," he said. Prosecutors ...

Editorials Mar 5, 2015

Political funding law needs review

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has joined several other members of his Cabinet plus the opposition leader in admitting receipt of donations from businesses that have been granted government subsidies.