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2016 January 27 - February 2 [POLITICS]

Economy minister’s resignation will not put end to his bribery allegations: Yamashita

January 29, 2016
Japanese Communist Party Secretariat Head Yamashita Yoshiki on January 28 in the Diet building told the press that to draw a curtain on economy minister Amari Akira’s bribery scandal by his resignation from the post is unacceptable.

Earlier in the day, Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization Amari held a press conference to explain about the allegations that he and his secretaries received 12 million yen from a Chiba-based construction company for having provided advantages to the firm. After admitting that he accepted the money from the company, Amari announced his resignation as Cabinet minister. He, however, claimed that he had not offered benefits to the firm in question.

Yamashita pointed out that it is a serious allegation that a key minister of the Abe Cabinet took a large amount of money in bribes in return for having used his political influence to help a private company. The JCP secretarial head stressed that Amari’s explanation is inconsistent with what the construction company stated and that he failed to clear all suspicions against him. Yamashita demanded that the Diet summon Amari and other people concerned in order to find out the truth behind this scandal.

In addition, Yamashita said, “PM Abe has the responsibility for having appointed Amari as a Cabinet minister. He should act responsibly by uncovering all of the facts in the case.”

Past related article:
> Economy minister Amari suspected of taking bribes [January 22, 2016]
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