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Digital Agency exec punished; minister returns month's salary over dining

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Aaaaah, Hirai Takuya. When it comes to IT, Hirai-san is a guy who

.not only:

..is into slandering during on-line debates

..watches Youtube during parliamentary sessions

but also:

..openly advocates for bid-rigging

..is into conflicts of interests as this article shows

..buys high-tech companies' shares and "forgets" to declares any related gains

..concerning the group which shares he bought, has his Digital Agency outsource work to said group (for an Olympic-related application) and

..on said Olympic-related work, when there were efforts to have the prices negotiated down, was said group which shares he bought not impacted

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%B9%B3%E4%BA%95%E5%8D%93%E4%B9%9F#%E4%B8%8D%E7%A5%A5%E4%BA%8B%E3%83%BB%E5%95%8F%E9%A1%8C%E7%99%BA%E8%A8%80

Considering how purpose and mission of the so-called Digital Agency is being questioned by the public, is Hirai exactly the guy needed to raise confidence in the whole enterprise.

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So then it's OK for government officials to expense account tens of thousands of yen for dining (during pandemic emergency restrictions) with employees of corporations that the government is then going to hand out corporate welfare to. And the rest of us meet for ¥500 coffees or over the internet.

Japan needs and independent body with the authority to really hold accountable and fire bureaucrats that break ethical rules, such as this Akaishi fellow.

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One month.... slap on the wrist! If it violated the ethics code, then there should be more serious penalties assessed, and a demotion as well!

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Fire them and make an example so others will think twice before breaking the rules.

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Of three occasions on which Koichi Akaishi, the No. 2 bureaucrat of the recently launched agency, was wined and dined ...

a supplier of software used by the Cabinet Secretariat.

From the past news, in that company that budget used for that wined and dined will be put in entertainment budget that always exist and need to be spent.

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NTT monopoly on the communication business must be broken, this monster is if not kept in check will again raise pries and try to go back to the Good Old Days were they were ripping off the general public and the government, Thank you JT for keeping sharing this story with us.

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A senior Digital Agency official has been reprimanded over repeated wining and dining by a private company, and digitalization minister Takuya Hirai will voluntarily return a month's salary after joining the official for one of the meals, the top government spokesman said.

Which equals in consequence to you or me having a 500 yen coil roll under the vending machine.

Corporations and politicians make cost -benefit evaluations and when the benefits of violating the public trust and welfare far outweigh any possible fines what do you think the outcome will be?

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@Fiddlers. Fire them and make an example so others will think twice before breaking the rules.

I agree! a firmer response is required about this type of this old-style "oligarchy" business practice. The government doesn't need NTT to act as an intermediatory. There are lots of fine specialist engineering companies, (myself included) that know more about new digital technologies. Many of these people subcontract to advise NTT so why not just work directly? I know the government's thinking is that it may take more effort but more efficiency in the long run, and encourage the youth.

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Endless corruption, endlessly.

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Was this also after 8pm you hen us minions must close/head home???

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Only doing it cos he got found out, if not it's just going to keep on happening.....

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digitalize local and central government services in Japan.

Maybe it’s better to have privatized services that aren’t susceptible to such influence shenanigans.

Who ever personally voted for the Digital Cho?

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Japan needs and independent body with the authority to really hold accountable and fire bureaucrats that break ethical rules,

How about “free market competition” for that purpose?

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Quite an expensive event for Hirai, but I guess that 1 month pay-cut is nothing but peanuts for him. As for the others involved, they should be fired.

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Akaishi was subjected to a pay cut for being treated to three meals worth 120,000 yen

The hell was he eating??

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They get it back in bonuses

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Aly RustomToday  01:11 pm JST

The hell was he eating??

It's not about what he ate, it's about who he treated and what did he get back in return.

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Slap on the wrist again?

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It's not about what he ate, it's about who he treated and what did he get back in return.

I get that but still... three meals worth 120,000 yen?

Why?

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