Ex-justice minister, lawmaker wife indicted for suspected vote-buying


Former Japanese Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai and his lawmaker wife Anri were indicted on Wednesday on suspicion of vote-buying, following the couple's arrest last month, Tokyo prosecutors said.

Their arrest and indictment are a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the premier struggles with falling public support. Katsuyuki Kawai had close ties to Abe and previously served as his foreign policy adviser.

Tokyo prosecutors said in a statement the couple had paid 1.7 million yen to five people last year to help Anri get an upper house seat, while separately Katsuyuki had paid a total 27.31 million yen to 103 people to help her get elected.

At the time of their arrests, Katsuyuki Kawai denied any wrongdoing while Anri Kawai declined comment on the advice of her lawyer.

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This amount of 1.7 million yen is a joke. Everyone knows that Abe and the LDP sent them more than 125 million yen to "ahem, cough cough" help with the election campaign of Anri Kawai. That was the money that was distributed and I wish the prosecutors could make that connection, but the shredders are working overtime in the LDP headquarters to get rid of that information.

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Aah yes, and they also collected their summer bonus just like Abe and everyone else in the government while the masses struggle through disaster and pandemic.

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Their arrest and indictment are a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the premier struggles with falling public support. Katsuyuki Kawai had close ties to Abe and previously served as his foreign policy adviser.

Abe is a hypocrite, as leader of the LDP he is ultimately the one responsible for the actions of his underlings here. He made a half-arsed apology on TV yesterday about this, and skirted the issue of his responsibility in the entire matter.

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I am sure no time locked up with bail and suspended sentence. Very different rules for the Japanese elite.

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@ Yubaru.

taking responsibility for ones actions is not the Japanese way though. Deny, deflect find a scapegoat anything but standing up and admitting they were wrong. Unless you include the deep bow/then back to business bull we often see.

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Does anyone know if they are still in detention?

Wouldn't want them talking to each other or destroying evidence , would we?


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"Justiceminister and lawmaker"

This much for the Japanese (justice) system.

They will of course use the as always excuses: didn't do it, not me but some subordinate, don't remember, nothing wrong with my (wrong-) doings, the usual 5 second bow and that should be it, end of story.

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Wonder who they annoyed, usually this level of people are protected, they received a ton of money from the PM, the LDP. They must be obnoxious even by the obnoxious standards of the LDP.

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Lock them both away for life

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Lock up the whole rotten self serving political elite and bureaucratic idiots, sterilisation (that was thir idea) for them all start afresh with normal working people who can run a household debt free. And care about happiness and children.

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you guys have pretty much summed up everything I have to say and then some. I concur.

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They are stuffed. They can’t skip bail.

But maybe, the old brown envelope trick might work?

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With the behaviour of Abe and his LDP cohorts I find it highly ironic that it was his party that brought 'moral education' the the nation's public schools.

It seems that 'immoral education' would have been a more appropriate title.

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I wish some of that money had come to me. But then, I can't vote. The whole vote buying law is bogus anyway. Once in the booth, no one knows who you are voting for. I say abolish the law. Throwing good money after bad.

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"Ex-Justice Minister", oh the irony...

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If Abe's top prosecutor hadn't been forced to resign following the mahjong scandal, would the indictment have been made?

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there can be no justice in a country where the minister of justice and his lawmaker wife engage in criminal behavior

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There is a bus ticket soaking in a glass of water somewhere ready for when the punishment is about to be dispensed.

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ex minister of justice..shameful!

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