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Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 5, 2022
Japanese government denies preferential treatment in bid for Abe state funeral
Murayama Inc. — which organized cherry blossom viewing parties for five straight years from 2015 under Abe — was the only firm to participate in the tender for the Sept. 27 state funeral.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 30, 2021
Prosecutors to reinvestigate ex-PM Shinzo Abe over funding meals for supporters
Receptions were hosted at two luxury hotels in Tokyo between 2013 and 2019 on the eve of government-sponsored annual cherry blossom viewing parties.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 8, 2021
NTT cuts top executives' pay after scandal over meals with ministry officials
An internal investigation by the telecom giant found it had paid for meals costing up to u00a560,480 ($553) per person on 29 occasions, in violation of an ethics code.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 12, 2021
For Suga and LDP, worries build over Hiroshima poll in election year
A vote-buying scandal that forced the resignation of the previous representative has rocked the local political establishment and sparked voter anger.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Explainer
Mar 23, 2021
Communications ministry scandal puts focus on Japan's Broadcast Act
A decision to strip a unit of Tohokushinsha of its license came after a number of senior officials connected to the ministry were punished for violating the ethics code.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 16, 2021
Senior bureaucrat close to Suga resigns amid hospitality scandal
Taniwaki, who had been touted as a candidate for vice minister, the top post for bureaucrats at the communications ministry, was found to have violated the ethics code for central government officials.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Explainer
Mar 12, 2021
Japan's ethics code for officials in focus as dining scandal rumbles on
The National Public Service Ethics Code sets clear expectations for ministry life in hope of preventing the kind of conflicts of interest in which Suga's eldest son has been implicated.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 11, 2021
Ex-communications minister Seiko Noda denies she was wined and dined by NTT
A series of revelations, one of which led to the ousting of Yasuhiko Taniwaki as vice minister for policy coordination at the ministry, has dealt a blow to Suga's government.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 9, 2021
Senior Japan official to retire after being ousted in ethics scandal
Yasuhiko Taniwaki was originally scheduled to retire at age 62, as his position as a vice minister for policy coordination allowed him to stay on beyond 60.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 8, 2021
Senior official close to Suga ousted from job in ethics scandal
Yasuhiko Taniwaki, who was a vice minister for policy coordination at the communications ministry, was treated to expensive meals by a telecom giant.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 5, 2021
Ethics scandal involving ministry official linked to Suga widens
A senior communications ministry official — who played a key role in achieving one of Suga's major political goals — has admitted that he dined with executives of NTT.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 4, 2021
Japan vows swift probe as NTT caught up in growing dining scandal
Officials with influence over policy at the communications ministry have also admitted to dining with NTT President Jun Sawada, in a further violation of ethics policy.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / EXPLAINER
Dec 30, 2020
Abe escapes charges but creates political problems for Suga
The former prime minister's apologies and explanation over a political spending scandal have tainted his legacy and only given rise to further questions.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 25, 2020
Abe apologizes at the Diet for false statements on dinner party funding
The long-running scandal has tainted the legacy of Abe's administration, corroded his credibility and cast a shadow over his successor.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 24, 2020
Prosecutors won't indict Abe over dinner party spending
They instead issued a summary indictment to one of Abe's state-paid secretaries, seeking a fine for his alleged failure to keep related financial records.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 22, 2020
Abe questioned by prosecutors over spring dinner funding
Total revenues and costs not declared in political fund reports in relation to dinners attended by supporters of the then-prime minister may exceed u00a540 million, authorities said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 18, 2020
LDP may summon Abe to the Diet over dinner party scandal
The move is aimed at avoiding a public outcry over the scandal that could erode support for the former prime minister's successor, Yoshihide Suga.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 5, 2020
Prosecutors eye summary indictment of Abe aide over dinner parties
Abe, who on Friday promised to cooperate with the investigation 'with sincerity,' is expected to be questioned by prosecutors soon.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / EXPLAINER
Nov 29, 2020
Cherry blossom scandal returns to haunt Abe and Suga
Allegations that the former prime minister's office illegally paid out over u00a59 million to make up the costs of parties at Tokyo hotels are now being investigated by prosecutors.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 26, 2020
Abe's office suspected of binning receipts for hotel dinner parties
Prosecutors investigating the case have also found that the amount covered by the ex-PM's office totaled more than u00a59 million over a five-year period through last year.

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As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals