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Diet speaker suspected of bribing local officials in 2021 election

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A Matsue city assemblywoman, who was listed as one of the recipients, told Kyodo News that she received the money as remuneration for putting up posters and did not feel it constituted bribery.

‘sorry it legally is bribery.

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Several thousand yen a day? So lunch money? Are you sure this is a bribe, sounds more like paying expenses when they shouldn't have? Shouldn't the person claiming the money be in hot water?

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House of Representatives Speaker Hiroyuki Hosoda's camp paid several thousand yen per day in cash to local assembly members and others in western Japan 

He is the Speaker and appears not to understand or is outright dismissive of the law. It’s either stupidity or arrogance, either way it shows a profound lack of judgment that should negate the holding of any office. You couldn’t trust them to work alone at a convenience store, certainly not in government.

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Just an LDP hit-job on a member of the CDPJ opposition. This so-call “bribery” was just a couple thousand yen to put up posters. Instead of “bribery,” this is more akin to “minimum wage” for a few hours work.

… camp paid several thousand yen per day …

A Matsue city assemblywoman told Kyodo News that she received the money as remuneration for putting up posters and did not feel it constituted bribery.

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For all the BS that goes on between elected officials and businesses, I find myself chuckling quite often at how hard these politicians will hammer each other when it comes to anything related to campaign money use.

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Hosoda's local office has declined to comment.

It won't be too long until a secretary or someone like that takes all the blame and Hosoda says he knew nothing about it at all.

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Several thousand yen = very bad yes.

But several BILLION when Abe did it was ok...

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Diet speaker suspected

keyword: suspected, but we'll act as if he's guilty

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Diet speaker suspected of bribing local officials

Another regular Tuesday in Japan. Can we get some real news around here?

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The scandal is the latest to hit the lower house speaker, who was recently reported by a weekly magazine to have sexually harassed women including a reporter and an employee of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

This seems a more important accusation, but I guess elections are a higher priority than sexual harrasment.

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The scandal is the latest to hit the lower house speaker, who was recently reported by a weekly magazine to have sexually harassed women including a reporter and an employee of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

The old geezer (78) is the former head of the uber-right-wing Hosoda-faction (raving monster loony faction) and (officially) Abe's former faction-boss, although I strongly believe that while handing Abe the "keys" to the faction he remains its "owner" for all intends and purposes.

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%B4%B0%E7%94%B0%E5%8D%9A%E4%B9%8B

It's funny to see how as the faction-head he managed to remain in the shades for nearly a decade while once out in the open as the speaker he crashed and burned pretty much immediately.

Oh yeah, since 2018 is this guy also heading the Political Ethics Review Board for the House. You can't make this up. Not sure what the biggest joke is: that such a board actually exists or that such a tosser heads it...?

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78 if he is so smart, why hasn’t he retired. These old men are addicted to power. Couldn’t he let go? You know do some travel, take up a hobby? Interact with his grandchildren? It amazes me how many politicians continue in their useless years continue to work. It’s not like their pensions are not enough. Their salary not enough. It’s just they have no idea what to do.

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Bribery is ingrained into the fabric of Japanese society. Given a few more generations to get anywhere low corruption nations like New Zealand or Denmark.

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Again huh

even a few thousand adds up. I wonder how they will excuse it. “ they aren’t campaign staff, they are campaign helpers”

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I would love to be bribed. My bank account number is xxxxxxxxxx

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When one lot of tax money won’t do, have some more-greed without bounds…

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I assume that he has been arrested and is in custody.

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Corruption be it for a small amount or large is systemically unacceptable for any elected representative, the more so for someone in a position of responsibility like the speaker. They should be immediately suspended pending independent investigation and if the charges are proved immediately lose their seat and face what ever criminal charges are applicable under Japanese law.

But this is Japan!

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