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2012 October 24 - 30 [POLITICS]

Ishin no Kai Matsui received illegal corporate donations: citizens’ ombudsmen

October 25, 2012
Citizens’ ombudsmen on October 24 filed a complaint with the Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office in regard to illegal corporate donations Osaka Governor Matsui Ichiro had received.

Matsui, who is also the secretary general of Nippon Ishin no Kai, was elected as the Osaka governor in 2011.

According to the 27 members of a citizen ombudsman group, Osaka-based company Daitsu provided salaries of Matsui’s two secretaries when he was a member of the Osaka Prefectural Assembly. Matsui was the president of Daitsu at that time.

During the period between 2007 and 2010, the company paid 200,000 yen each to the secretaries’ bank accounts every month, amounting to 17.4 million yen in total.

At a press conference on the same day, journalist Nishitani Fumikazu said on behalf of the ombudsman group, “Ishin no Kai calls for the need to conduct a ‘great reset’, but the secretary general himself is part of the old political structure.”

Matsui joined the establishment of Osaka Ishin no Kai in April 2010 and left the Liberal Democratic Party in September 2010. The current president of Daitsu is his younger brother.

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