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Kansai Electric admits execs' acceptance of gifts; president won't resign

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Whoa. Now THAT is in your face corruption-without-accountability.

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to stay in his position and regain the public's trust. 

The dogs bark, the caravan moves on. Or fossils gonna fossil.

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Shigeki Iwane told a news conference that he wanted to stay in his position and regain the public's trust.

How many of those employee going to be arrested so far? For Japan Inc all they need is bow. Everything is being forgiven.

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What a slap in the face. Japanese humbleness

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If they informed their board about the gifts and didn't try to hide them and didn't spend a single yen and returned all the gifts then they shouldn't resign. Anything less, they should.

The exact details have not been released including the names of the 19 executives.

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Shameful. I wonder why anyone wants to do business with Japan PLC.

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They staged with the media a dramatic arrest for Ghosn yet for Japanese executives of companies with direct ties with the government, the prosecutors of a corrupt justice system are totally silent. Nothing to see, move on. Just bow (= give the finger) in front of the Japanese populace, fixed.

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The as-always-5-second-bow and "we're back in business"!

Regain public trust? This guy must have been drinking too much .... bad for your brain!

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If they informed their board about the gifts and didn't try to hide them and didn't spend a single yen and returned all the gifts then they shouldn't resign. 

Apologist non sense. Go to check the meaning of the word corruption and then come back.

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Talk abt arrogant.

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The president of Kansai Electric Power Co said he has no intention to resign after admitting last week that he and 19 company employees had received payments and gifts worth 320 million yen.

Gifts? I believe the word is, bribes. Or, you could use a more modern term like, grafts. That's a nice photo showing the 'get out of jail free' deep bow. What an absolute joke!

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They would be brides if offered before the contract but were given after the contract so they were gifts.

These types of stories happen frequently.

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They would be brides if offered before the contract but were given after the contract so they were gifts.

Apparently you did not check the meaning of the word corruption yet. You really should because you are embarrassing yourself.

These types of stories happen frequently.

Oh my... I can't believe that you wrote this. So corruption is fine it it happens frequently? Seriously?

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Apologist non sense. Go to check the meaning of the word corruption and then come back.

Except it isn't.

They were only corrupt if they hide the gifts and spent the cash. They informed their board and returned the gifts.

If they did try and hide the gifts then yes they are corrupt and should resign and even face criminal charges.

An outside probe including lawyers uncovered the transactions.

There are always gifts. The problem this time was the size of them.

The full details including the names of the executives have not been released.

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The president of Kansai Electric Power Co said he has no intention to resign 

Seeing execs from company that responsible for Fukushima crisis can walk away from their consequences, of course that will make other Japan Inc companies think, that they shouldn't give up over something this small.

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Brides are given to obtain a contract or business. This case involves receiving gifts after the business which is common here. There is a difference between brides and gifts. Brides are usually requested/expected. These gifts weren't requested.

However, the size of the gifts to the KEPCO board were very excessive.

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Bribery refers to the offering, giving, soliciting, or receiving of any item of value as a means of influencing the actions of an individual holding a public or legal duty. Bribery constitutes a crime and both the offeror and the recipient can be criminally charged.

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I always chuckle when I hear people gloat with pride about "samurai culture" and morality and see this kind of thing above all the time.

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They were only corrupt if they hide the gifts and spent the cash. They informed their board and returned the gifts.

> If they did try and hide the gifts then yes they are corrupt and should resign and even face criminal charges.

Non sense. Eiji Moriyama paid those executives to thank them for accepting to use the construction company Yoshida Kaihatsu. It was found that that Yoshida Kaihatsu had provided Moriyama with about ¥300 million as commission partly for its successful bid for nuclear plant-related engineering work. This is exactly what corruption is.

The only reason that those guys were caught is that someone who did not receive his share of money threw them on the rails.

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When they received the money does not matter since they were definitely expecting to receive a compensation for accepting the conditions asked by Moriyama, that is to order the work from Yoshida Kaihatsu. It's exactly your type of loose interpretation of what is right or wrong so typical of Japanese that is allowing so much corruption in Japan.

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 always chuckle when I hear people gloat with pride about "samurai culture" and morality and see this kind of thing above all the time.

Seeing things both in private sectors and public sectors in Japan that culture is gone from time to time. In the past minister or company execs will step down when they have only minor things. Now they don't even consider that move, the only move they consider only give a public bow that's it. Scandal like Olympus, Moritomo Gakuen and this one just prove that.

Of course foreign execs just can not do this without escaping the consequences.

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How many of those employee going to be arrested so far? For Japan Inc all they need is bow. Everything is being forgiven.

yet if your gaijin CEO your thrown in indefinite detention on accusations alone, seriously the hypocrisy of justice in Japan is thicker than shite

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Brides are usually requested/expected. These gifts weren't requested.

requested or not and gifts should be refused by competent management, too easy to confuse gifts with bribes and this is the exact problem that Japan Inc continue to face today. Bribes and gifts make the tender process of companies corrupt, making prices for public works prices higher than they should be the end result is higher taxation and fewer social services. Its the average Taro that eventually suffers, just look at electricity prices in Japan theyre one of the highest in the world now.

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The only reason that those guys were caught is that someone who did not receive his share of money threw them on the rails.

It was the tax authority who questioned the ex deputy mayor Eiji Moriyama why he had gift ¥320 million to the KEPCO executives.

When they received the money does not matter since they were definitely expecting to receive a compensation for accepting the conditions asked by Moriyama, that is to order the work from Yoshida Kaihatsu. 

How can you know the KEPCO executives expected to receive compensation.

First you called it bribes, now you call it compensation? Which is it?

The full details of the story are lacking or need to be revealed. They also need a full legal investigation.

What criminal actions took place and by who. The ex mayor Eiiji Moriyama received the money from the construction company and passed it on in full to the KEPCO executives. Since he died in March we can only know what he revealed but it appears he never tried to hide the facts.

The gifts were in the form of cash, gold bars, others(?).

Is it illegal for company employees to receive gifts? Not in itself unless the company has its own policy on receiving gifts.

The size of the gifts are troublesome and are subject to taxation. The gifts were received over several years, 2011-2017 so they didn't inform the tax authority.

There are criminal actions but what are they.

There should have been a full review by the authorities and any wrong doings reported to the public prosecutor.

Was it criminal of Yoshida Kaihatsu, the construction company to gift the money to the ex deputy mayor Eiji Moriyama? They had received ¥3 billion in building contracts.

The ex deputy mayor Eiji Moriyama was holding a hand of many cards.

Deputy mayor Eiji Moriyama, now deceased, worked in an advisory capacity and as a board member for companies that conducted construction, maintenance and security work at Kansai Electric nuclear power plants in Fukui Prefecture.

Two companies at which he served as an adviser--Yoshida Kaihatsu, a civil engineering and construction company based in Takahama, and a nuclear power plant maintenance company with headquarters in Hyogo Prefecture--were awarded at least 11.3 billion yen in contracts over a three-year period for work related to Kansai Electric's nuclear power plants in the prefecture.

The companies also received contracts from Kanden Plant Corp., a Kansai Electric subsidiary for which Moriyama also served as an adviser for many years.

A tax audit by the Kanazawa Regional Taxation Bureau found that Yoshida Kaihatsu had given Moriyama about 300 million yen in dubious funds.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201910020041.html

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Like this is any news. In Japan once again the mega rich do not go to jail, resign a position and just simply keep getting wealthier. Regain peoples trust, very doubtful and empty words that has no nothing to him or he would do the honorable gesture and resign. This is the way of the mega rich. Money works and talks well in Japan. A simple worker would have been fired and probably land in jail.

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When they say "gifts" what do they exactly mean? cash? weekend away all expended paid in a luxury resort? posh Holliday for the whole family? free restaurants and booze? use of a private jet to go any where they want? IF they have received a "gift" should the tax department informed of this income? have they avoided not paying there share of tax? if they should have paid tax on said goods/income and they haven't, is that tax evasion? if so they should be arrested and charged as such.

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Over the past 50 years, all the power companies have given enormous donations to the LDP in return for the building of their nuclear power plants. The power companies are one of the most powerful group in the nation. They control the supply of electricity.

They and all of the nuclear village are responsible for the nuclear disaster.

KEPCO increased its power charges when the reactors were shut down to cover the increased costs of importing fossil fuel. They said the charges would be reduced when the reactors started again, but they didn't. My power bill remains the same.

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He must think he bowed low and long enough.

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I'd love to see his plan to regain the public's trust!

Lots and lots of gifts to local media outlets, PR outlets, bureaucrats and politicians?

The circle remains unbroken.

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Maybe I should steal something at a store and offer to return it when i get caught. Let's see if the judge will give me a get out of jail card if i told him i would do my best to regain society's trust because it seems to work with all these executives

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another guy apologize and refuse to resign its "GIFTS" which is no one know why he got them, i wonder if abe one of the guys who got some of that money ??

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Japanese domestic power charges (about ¥25/kWh) subsidise commercial use (about ¥17/kWh).

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Over the past 50 years, all the power companies have given enormous donations to the LDP in return for the building of their nuclear power plants. The power companies are one of the most powerful group in the nation

So they do have real power in both sense.

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The bows are quite impressive but still on the fence as to whether it gets them off the hook for a $3 million graft. Could be an optical illusion but pretty sure that front guy ain't pulling his weight. There will likely be hell to pay when he gets back to the office.

Anyway, great to hear that he won't resign and let someone honest take over the reins.

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he and 19 company employees had received payments and gifts worth 320 million yen.

Shigeki Iwane told a news conference that he wanted to stay in his position and regain the public's trust.

He can try regaining the public's trust by donating the 320 million yen to charity (eg, a fund to help Fukushima victims, etc). He and the 19 should also work without pay for some time.

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That's the strange thing about Japan; you have all these high level scandals involving millions of dollars but very little street level crimes (when compared to other countries) such as muggings and vandalism.

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For me, justice will be when these clowns are FIRED, not resigned, and sent to the nick for corruption charges. I feel sorrier for their families, especially the kids.

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Saw the news conference on the TV this afternoon. The first problem is that although the nature and size of the 'gifts' surfaced within Kanden's company board meeting, the details of the scandal were not made public at the time. Today the Chairman made an attempt to come clean on the full details.

JT say they will be updating this article. There is a lot more to the story. President Iwane himself seems to have received very little in comparison to some of the others. One person tried over 19 times to give the gifts back to now-deceased Mayor Moriyama; still others say they were afraid for their lives. It seems that the Mayor was a very persuasive fellow. I guess the most sensible of them just put the gifts aside for the inevitable day of reckoning.

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Gifts lol! 'Hi, I was in the neighbourhood, and I thought I'd just pop round with this gift. It's a box...full of money. Have a great day'.

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The Japanese definition of "business as usual"...

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That photo looks like they're waiting for the starting bell at the county fair pie-eating contest.

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@SmithInJapan

Your comment about samurai culture is funny, and i understand the sentiment. But i can’t help but consider that this sort of behaviour might be closely related to samurai culture more than anything else.

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One can only imagine how many "gifts" are exchanged each and every day. How one wishes real investigate journalism existed in japan. The skeletons that would be unearthed would be globe shattering!!

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Noweigian....Are you saying samurai culture involved taking massive bribes? And if given bribes, trying to return them???

What ARE you saying?

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All that’s missing from that photograph is a few samurai ready to lop the heads of these thieving criminals. After all, that is what that bowed position means in Japanese history.

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Yeah, I'll just say sorry. But I won't step down, no way... Oh, BTW, I'm not really sorry... I'll just keep collecting my payslip. Thanks

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Hey hey hey guys, why get yourselves so amped up?

Are you surprised? This is how we do here.

Ghosn....he’s a dead man walking.

But we Japanese like to bow, mentally toss the crap out (forget) and plug on as if we didn’t already know, its way better to be at the top.

In all seriousness though, this is always going on everywhere. Japan is just blatantly old fashioned about it.

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"The disclosure has re-exposed the collusive ties between Japan's nuclear industry and government officials."

Sounds like those guys won't be punished and bribery おof more freedom to act. They must to be prosecuted by law and imprisoned. Just to think what was that of Nissan Carlos Ghosn being prosecuted. Are they still the lords to command this gigantic company?

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A gift is when you buy a thing for your money and give it openly. And for a bribe, a person must go to jail. The one who gave the bribe and the one who took the bribe.

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I wonder how profitable these executives have made Kansai Electric.

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Kansai Electric admits execs' acceptance of gifts; president won't resign

Then arrest them, hold them for 100 or so days, and of course, don't let them contact their wives.

Oops, I forgot. They are Japanese.

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It is a serious matter when the white collar execs that take chances with and do damage to our lives and the environment eg TEPCO when dealing with highly dangerous substances, can be allowed to be influenced by bribery!

Conversely, the geriatric that pockets a few rice balls is imprisoned?

The application of the law in Japan is related to power and influence, not, of course, as it should be...

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We just changed our supplier from Kansai Electric to Looop Denki. It was fairly easy to do. Not going to give anymore money to these criminals at least.

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