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UPPER HOUSE

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 / Politics
Apr 8, 2021
Campaigning for vacant Upper House seats starts in Nagano and Hiroshima
The outcomes are likely to affect Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's leadership and his plan to call a general election that must be held by fall.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 26, 2021
Diet enacts record ¥106.61 trillion budget for fiscal 2021
The Diet on Friday enacted a record ¥106.61 trillion budget for fiscal 2021 to finance steps to mitigate the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic as well as rising social security and defense costs, once again forgoing fiscal consolidation.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 23, 2021
Ex-justice minister resigns as lawmaker and pleads guilty to vote-buying
Katsuyuki Kawai allegedly violated the election law by handing out cash to politicians and supporters to reward them for voting for his wife.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 19, 2021
Ex-justice minister to resign as lawmaker over vote-buying, sources say
Katsuyuki Kawai is accused of handing out a total of about u00a529 million to 100 individuals to reward them for votes secured in the campaign to elect his wife, Anri Kawai.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 3, 2021
Ex-justice minister granted bail in Japan vote-buying case
Katsuyuki Kawai, a 57-year-old House of Representatives member, is accused of handing out a total of about u00a529 million to 100 individuals to reward them for votes for his wife.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 3, 2021
Upper House passes bills allowing fines for defying antivirus steps
Before the measures were passed, prefectural governments could only make nonbinding requests that antivirus measures be observed.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 2, 2021
Japan to enact laws introducing fines for defying virus steps
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party backed down on a controversial proposal to imprison COVID-19 patients who refuse to be hospitalized.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 21, 2021
Lawmaker Anri Kawai found guilty of vote-buying in 2019 election
The 47-year-old Upper House lawmaker was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for five years, in a ruling also expected to affect the case of her husband, Katsuyuki Kawai.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 15, 2020
18-month jail term sought for lawmaker Anri Kawai over vote-buying
Prosecutors have argued that Kawai committed an 'unprecedented malicious crime that jolted the foundations of democracy.'
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 18, 2020
Japan's top court rules 2019 election vote weight gap is constitutional
Following 16 conflicting rulings from lower courts, the top court rejected the plaintiffs' demand for the outcomes of the House of Councilors election held on July 21, 2019, to be nullified.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 27, 2020
Tokyo court grants bail for lawmaker Anri Kawai, charged with vote-buying
Anri has been tried separately from her husband Katsuyuki, the former justice minister, since he fired his lawyers and hearings in his case were suspended.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 31, 2020
Aide to scandal-hit Anri Kawai sees prison term upheld over election law violation
In the appeal trial, Hiroshi Tatemichi's defense lawyer claimed he should be given a fine rather than sentenced to prison.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 26, 2020
Tokyo court denies bail for former justice minister and lawmaker wife
Katsuyuki and Anri Kawai have been held at the Tokyo Detention House since their June 18 arrests.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 8, 2020
Former Japan justice minister and wife charged with vote-buying
Katsuyuki Kawai is suspected of having given u00a525.7 million ($240,000) to 94 local politicians and supporters in relation to the July 2019 Upper House vote.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 24, 2020
Ex-justice minister may have bought votes in Hiroshima in 2005 poll
A former assemblyman said he refused to take the envelope, believing it contained cash, and then cut ties with Katsuyuki Kawai.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 22, 2020
Arrested ex-Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai admits cash handout but denies vote-buying
Katsuyuki Kawai and his wife Anri were arrested last Thursday on suspicion of giving u00a525.7 million in cash to 94 local politicians and supporters.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 20, 2020
Kawais may have dished out ¥30 million in scheme to buy votes
That leak is based on lists showing who got how much that Hiroshima prosecutors confiscated from the couple's home.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 18, 2020
Former top Abe aide and wife arrested in vote-buying scandal
The arrest is a severe blow to the Abe administration, especially because of Katsuyuki Kawai's closeness to the prime minister and chief cabinet secretary.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 17, 2020
Aide to LDP lawmaker sentenced to 18-month term for violating election law
Anri Kawai will lose her seat representing Hiroshima once her aid's term is finalized, and the court has recognized a request for application of guilt by association.

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