Take our user survey and make your voice heard.
crime

Prosecutors unlikely to build case against bigwigs of scandal-hit LDP faction

38 Comments

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© KYODO

©2024 GPlusMedia Inc.

38 Comments
Login to comment

unlikely to build case 

Shouldn't be this surprise?

-7 ( +12 / -19 )

Once the media onslaught died down this was inevitable.

One law for them and one for the plebs.

-3 ( +19 / -22 )

Who is gonna be held responsible for tax evasion ?

Can I do the same ?

12 ( +18 / -6 )

The LDP has been under intense scrutiny as the faction, formerly headed by the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is suspected of having failed to report hundreds of millions of yen in revenue from fundraising parties and accumulated slush funds over a five-year period through 2022.

Funny how a foreign CEO who was accused of the exact same thing had his name, reputation, and freedom compromised while HERE.... crickets

-4 ( +20 / -24 )

Very surprising.

2 ( +10 / -8 )

According to the sources, there was a proposal in the Abe faction to halt the practice of transferring the extra funds to its members in 2022. But this did not push through due to opposition from them.

So they opposed their own proposal?

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Gee, sort of reminds me of the US. The big ones always get away. Japan's issue here is no different than anywhere, at least in my lifetime.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

Prosecutors unlikely to build case against bigwigs of scandal-hit LDP faction

The Neo-feudal dunces of the LDP have only one goal and that is to reinforce their power overlordship against the Japanese people and maybe to enhance Japan's international status in the face of obviously much more powerful international actors.

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14987598

-2 ( +11 / -13 )

Cue Judge Dread, "I am the law!"

3 ( +10 / -7 )

Japanese law at it's best - yet again.

-4 ( +12 / -16 )

Double standards!

I'd be locked up for doing the same thing!

Disgusting dirty politicians!!

17 ( +19 / -2 )

Vote LDP, you get LDP. Japanese need to vote LDP out at every election, or this will only continue.

7 ( +12 / -5 )

Its lineup of 38 members includes Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who heads the LDP, and 10 from the Abe faction, called Seiwaken, or the Seiwa policy study group.

And 9 of those 10 are under very strong suspicion of being involved in the Rort.

Sometimes the actions of the Govt just take your breath away with

their shear audacity.

And the surefire way to determine if there was collusion involving

the so called "Big Wigs", then just use the tried and trusted methods

that are imposed

on ordinary people.

Up to 23 days in the lock up, no family contact, no lawyers, days

upon days of relentless questioning with a pen and paper in front of them with

the request to "Confess".

That'd clear it all up quickly.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

There are certain crimes in Japan that are considered "petty" in other countries that get a harsher punishment compared to these crooks who stole money from the people.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

WHAT A NEW!!!

judges are supposed to judge, not prosecutors.

as Kishida controls the prosecutors, the prosecutor's collusion with the party itself is proved.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

YUP.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Well, I told you so right at the beginning. It's all a charade. Just like all the other scandals. The prosecutors get a little time in the limelight looking like they mean business. They question the politicians (albeit on a "voluntary basis), while coordinating the narrative with them. And every foreigner even tangentially connected with Japan and barely awake knows the script. So, why do such comments attract such downvotes. Is the LDP watching JapanToday? Or misguided patriots don't like to hear any criticism from outside, even correct criticism?

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

Old Boys Club.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Or misguided patriots don't like to hear any criticism from outside, even correct criticism?

Think this is the reason.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Crooked accountants, innocent bigwigs, innit? Since all incriminating documents and emails appear to have been safely disposed of, there's no way for the police to follow the slime trail of money. Much ado about nothing and all's well that ends well.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

A couple of accountants and low-ranking secretaries will be dismissed, apologies will be made, misunderstandings will be claimed, a few memory lapses will be admitted to, and it will all be forgotten and forgiven. Fired staff will be re-hired quietly to different jobs and business will carry on as before, until someone is caught again, and the whole performance will then be repeated.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Squash, Rinse and Repeat

S

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Like catching Al Capone. If this government really wanted justice it would go after them for tax evasion.

Why do citizens of this country keep voting for this political party?

And no, it's not because there aren't any valid alternatives. That is a weak argument.

It's is something deeper, more psychological. Many Japanese people especially of the older generations enjoy suffering. It is duty. It is a sign of humility.

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

Prosecutors unlikely to build a case against LDP crooks...........OMD...stands back amazed. But then, we all knew when this story broke that nothing of any consequence would happen to the key parties involved. From what I have read about Japanese Prosecutors they are just as bent and criminal as the LDP members.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

This may raise questions about the effectiveness or thoroughness of the legal system. It might imply that individuals implicated in the scandal may not face legal consequences even if they were involved. If the public perceives that bigwigs involved in a scandal are not held accountable, it can erode trust in the legal system and contribute to public skepticism about fairness and justice. And, if there is wrongdoing, and a case is not pursued, it raises concerns about accountability and the potential for unaddressed misconduct.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

If the public perceives that bigwigs involved in a scandal are not held accountable, it can erode trust in the legal system and contribute to public skepticism about fairness and justice.

And, ordinarily, you would be fair in thinking that. But between the repeated particular instances and the general principle something seems to happen. I can't put my finger on it but the logic of induction seems not to apply in Japan.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

If Japanese voters didn’t want a feudal kleptocracy they wouldn’t keep voting for it. The nobles do as they please, and the serfs quake in fear at the thought of a policeman looking their way.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

First off all it is identifying the "bigwigs", the few that truly hold the balance of political power.

That facilitate who sits in office, in cabinet, and bend to their will.

On Thursday, a "political reform" panel within the LDP held its first meeting to review rules for making the handling of political funds by its factions more transparent.

Political window dressing,

Change will only come when the voting public believe they have a Diet opposition capable of government.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Bib

Today 06:03 pm JST

If Japanese voters didn’t want a feudal kleptocracy they wouldn’t keep voting for it.

They don't , though! The LDP keep winning because the rural areas where they have strong support have double the number of Diet members, because they benefit from the FPTP system in single seat elections when there are multiple opposition parties basically splitting majority votes that are not for the LDP candidate, and because so many people just don't bother to vote.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Japan is a corrupt country, regardless of how much J-nationalists online attempt to paint this picture of a false reality.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Teflon Abe giving the prosecutors the slip from beyond the grave.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

I’m shocked usually Japan is so hard on corrupt politicians from the LDP…….NOT

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

What a surprise!!!! I am utterly shocked!!!!

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Further evidence of the calibre of ‘people’ who force themselves onto the public as ‘leaders’. These out-of-touch-with-real-people elites, born into their positions of power, are nothing but egotistical, pathological, self-interested parasites.

Of course they will get away with this.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Think this is the reason.

I rather think you are right, Spitfire.

I rather think they are central to the problems too because they are myopic.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

masterblaster

Jan. 15 11:24 am JST

Why do citizens of this country keep voting for this political party?

And no, it's not because there aren't any valid alternatives. That is a weak argument.

Weak, but not totally incorrect. In many rural districts the main opposition party won't actually have any candidates in the next election due to insufficient funds.

It's is something deeper, more psychological. Many Japanese people especially of the older generations enjoy suffering. It is duty. It is a sign of humility.

I think it is because they're only a few generations removed from feudalism. They still think they need a lord, not a representative. The whole concept of choosing someone to represent them hasn't really sunk in yet, thanks to the LDP basically setting itself up as a new hereditary peerage. They have been subtly reinforcing the notion that simple country folk need someone to kowtow to who will keep everything the way they like it. Or rather, the LDP will decide how they like it and get the hillybillies to think that's what they want too.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Of course there is no evidence! The prosecutors office should have taken all lawmakers by surprise locking them indefinitely to prevent them from altering or hiding those evidence!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites