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Ex-farm minister Yoshikawa pleads not guilty to receiving bribes

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That's how this place works.

Old men pulling secret strings and young people terrified to question their elders.

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Pretty cheap to buy political influence here.

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Yoshiki Akita, 87, the former representative of the egg production company based in western Japan's Hiroshima Prefecture, admitted to bribing Yoshikawa

Akita: "I paid him a bribe."

Yoshikawa: "He did not pay me a bribe."

2+2=5

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I smell a suspended sentence in the works!

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The farm ministry earlier this year punished six senior officials, including the top bureaucrat, for accepting expensive meals from Akita Foods.

With what...the usual "stern look "?

I smell a suspended sentence in the works!

Naturally, what else. crooks.

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Weird. Being a (former) Japanese minister he knows he's very likely above the law, and even if he's found guilty he just has to do a press conference, pretend to cry, and bow his head for five seconds.

So he's either really trying to protest his innocence, or he's hiding something way bigger than a bribe.

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"political donation."???

Guilty as H$ll, he needs to man up and admit his guilt, taking money while in office from an industry related to his work is as guilty as it gets.

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I mean, it was obvious how it was going to end. So many people have been convicted of corruption here in the last 30 years that I could count them on one hand. And in most cases, they were scapegoats.

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Another one. Nothing will happen, just the usual stuff. Above the law and everyone else.

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Pretty cheap to buy political influence here.

Damn right! Buying a Minister-level politician in China or Vietnam requires at least more than 1 million USD at minimum, and you have to make a contractual arrangement to give a high percentage in royalties/profits or shares to him or her.

Buying a minister in Japan here is equivalent to buy a mid-tier bureaucrat in a province of China or Vietnam. Pretty damn low, I think!

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Maybe it was a sugar daddy type relationship.

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What he wants to say is that his bribe is not any larger than the other minister's bribes, so why all the noise?

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Perhaps he'll be eggziled.

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Pretty cheap to buy political influence here.

Damn right! Buying a Minister-level politician in China or Vietnam requires at least more than 1 million USD at minimum, and you have to make a contractual arrangement to give a high percentage in royalties/profits or shares to him or her.

Buying a minister in Japan here is equivalent to buy a mid-tier bureaucrat in a province of China or Vietnam. Pretty damn low, I think!

They're very cagey about it here, i.e. breaking things up into small installments, etc., so that things look far more innocuous.

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Have you ever been to an egg production company? Those places stink. The company probably was bribing him just to come visit.

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Takamori Yoshikawa pleaded not guilty Tuesday to receiving bribes...

...claimed that he had taken it as a "political donation."...

...received money from the company head on three occasions at a Tokyo hotel...

Yeah, because all legitimate "political donations" are given in cash at hotels.

Go straight to prison, do not pass go, you corrupt man.

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They're very cagey about it here, i.e. breaking things up into small installments, etc., so that things look far more innocuous.

I forgot to add that the 1 million $ minimum requirement in China (as well as in Vietnam in most cases) is per installment or per suitcase. For this example, I will use China only.

Just imagine this recent story on a Chinese corrupt official, Party Secretary of a city (NOT A PROVINCE), basically a mid-tier position. This guy is worth 30 billion pounds!!!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7528217/13-5-tonnes-gold-worth-520-million-corrupt-Chinese-officials-home.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZhangQi(politician,_born_1961)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPTtqYZdEs0&ab_channel=OnDemandNews

Freaking Japanese billionaires on NIKEI 225 can't hold a candle to one of many mid-tier guys in the CCP. Taro Aso and Shinzo Abe are nothing more than water boys for this corrupt official alone.

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