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Political funds scandals may signal early end of Kishida gov't

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Actually everyone in L.D.P. has got some level of connection with U.C., only come catch me if you can !

-5 ( +16 / -21 )

Seeing how unpopular Kishida has become (with plenty of justification) I would not be surprised if the LDP took advantage and pinned a couple more of scandals on him on his way out, troublesome things that could be discovered easily and represent a risk for the party could just be made Kishida's fault so the next PM don't have them.

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These politicians are breaking the law (Political Funds Control Law) by not declaring monies received.

Where is the punishment?

Japanese citizens face harsh penalties breaking the law in Japan.

Tax evasion is a jailable offence in Japan and I personally know of someone (ordinary not elite) that suffered a jail sentence.

The LDP’s history is rife with bribery,insider trading and secret donations from lobbyists yet ‘resignation’ is the only self imposed penalty for law breaking.

A major problem is that most of these politicians have no skills in the world outside politics.Many have never worked in a job outside politics.The children follow their parents into the job as a career.

It’s time to reform the failed system.

16 ( +23 / -7 )

A game of musical chairs in the middle of a chaotic party usually sees things magically put right for the peepers looking in.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Bottom-feeders all. Just the pits in terms of respect for their privileged positions, their constituents, and the general rule of law.

15 ( +18 / -3 )

I wonder how many more skeletons Abe has in his closet just waiting to be discovered.

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Larr FlintToday  07:15 am JST

PM and LDP are chained themselves to power in Japan.

They won't let go.

Japanese people won't let them.

No, the people have little to do with this, except the ones in over-represented rural areas where the LDP has more support from elderly conservatives. If there is any electoral system that allows a candidate to win with less than 50% of the vote you can't say it's what the people want. It's more like the PM and the LDP won't let go of power and the people can't do much about it.

Opposition parties, meanwhile, have been grilling Kishida, with some threatening to submit a no-confidence motion against his cabinet by the end of the ongoing extraordinary parliamentary session on Wednesday, even though it is certain to be voted down by the ruling camp.

What a total, total waste of time. They keep doing that and it never acheives anything. Do they never learn?

15 ( +22 / -7 )

I am from a country governed by multiple parties. These one-party governments are like aristocracies. And the party landscape in Japan in particular is not worthy of a first world country.

-8 ( +20 / -28 )

Saddest part of all of this is that even if Kishida steps down, his replacement isnt going to be any better.

12 ( +21 / -9 )

If it is true that Kishida wants to rid the entire cabinet of all former Abe group members, then the knives will definitely be out for Kishida and there will be more revelations about his relationship with the UC. That is much easier for the sheeple to understand and be angry about. The money thing hardly ever seems to resonate here in Japan like it does in other countries. And none of Abe's cronies want to lose their positions of power, so they will do whatever to protect themsleves.

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LDP is rotten to the core and corrupted with a Daymio like dynasty that is passed from fathers to sons.

But in the end who is keep voting them is the real responsible of this socio-economic huge Japan falling.

5 ( +16 / -11 )

And nothing of value was lost ...

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Who, WHO can replace him?!

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Dude looks really mad and a little pouty.

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Such a scenario, which Kishida has hinted at, could catch the opposition parties off guard, giving them little time to prepare.

The LDP scandal is bad enough, but the DPJ saying they were caught off guard just shows that they are only comfortable in the role of LDP critic.

In this way the best we can hope for is another face from the LDP.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Kishida is just the latest face of the LDP, we now know that even under foreigner approved Abe the LDP was just as if not even more corrupt. There will be no change after Kishida is replaced, the LDP and its foreign partner will continue to enrich themselves at the expense of the people, as they always have.

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obladi

Today 08:23 am JST

The LDP scandal is bad enough, but the DPJ saying they were caught off guard just shows that they are only comfortable in the role of LDP critic.

The DPJ doesn't exist anymore and no one from any opposition party has actually said any such thing. Besides, the "all the opposition do is criticise the government" line is a bit rich, given that the LDP frequently justify their hold on power by saying that the opposition can't be allowed to take over.

The fact is though, that opposition parties may be able to defend safe seats where they have strong enough support, but they will not be able to raise enough money to launch effective campaigns against well-funded LDP incumbents with decades of name recognition and local connections behind them. Not in three months, not in three years.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

How about an early end to the LDP?

6 ( +8 / -2 )

I've been talking to many ojisans (even taxi drivers) during this bonenkai season and it looks like most of them are certain Takaichi will be the next PM. They're all saying it'll be a reality soon enough which makes me believe it to be true. I personally don't like the idea, but I guess it can't be any worse than Kishida.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Japan needs New faces New Blood, New Ideas to pull it out of it's current free fall towards ANORCHY.

Doing his upmost after the fact is TOTALY UNACCEPTABL.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

How about an early end to the LDP? - BertieWooster

Dear Santa. . .

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SDCAToday  09:00 am JST

I've been talking to many ojisans (even taxi drivers) during this bonenkai season and it looks like most of them are certain Takaichi will be the next PM. They're all saying it'll be a reality soon enough which makes me believe it to be true. I personally don't like the idea, but I guess it can't be any worse than Kishida.

I think it could be a lot worse. She's also in the Abe faction, she's had meetings with neo-nazis and she wants to revoke broadcasting licences of any media outlets that criticise the government. She has lied about both of those things.

Kishida is just bland and inoffensive by comparison.

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The Shakespearean dictum, “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”, has once again proven prophetic with Abe's sudden demise and the revelation of dark money flowing into coffers and pockets and slush fund scandals now proliferating among the ranks of the LDP held together by the sticky glue of corruption. Kishida may become the sacrificial lamb offered up to regain that old-time "public trust" they all love.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

The Japanese people need to get rid of the LDP all together! Kishida is a symptom not the cause!

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I think it could be a lot worse. She's also in the Abe faction, she's had meetings with neo-nazis and she wants to revoke broadcasting licences of any media outlets that criticise the government. She has lied about both of those things.

You are correct.

It will be way worse with her.

She was chosen by Abe to be is protege.

The lives of the Japanese people will sink if she gets the gig.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

Legrande

Today 08:34 am JST

Kishida is just the latest face of the LDP, we now know that even under foreigner approved Abe the LDP was just as if not even more corrupt. There will be no change after Kishida is replaced, the LDP and its foreign partner will continue to enrich themselves at the expense of the people, as they always have.

Look, the whole foreign involvement thing is a bit off-topic. Do you have any comments about the actual story?

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The blueprint on how to fool the people in Japan. 1) Find a scandal.

2) The resignation. 3 Say your very very very sorry. 4 Deeeeeeeeep bow. 5.) Change the leader. 6) go quickly to the people. 7) get re-elected again. Then rinse and repeat. How many times?

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Give the photo a good ten-minute stare, what does one sense from the body language the non-verbal communication?

Japanese culture is gifted in conveying the art of silence.

Is Prime Minister Fumio Kishida gaze straight or averted, his demeanour, nonchalant, smirking, disgust. contempt?

Etiquette?, formal, arms crossed tight focused, his tie, not Balthus or overt Windsor, seemingly about to scold noisy miscreant errant child?

Start here...

https://www.cfr.org/japan-constitution/japans-postwar-constitution

The LDP have a singular faction led political structure in ruling government. Quite unique in modern any 21st century democracy.

However, all politicians suffer from a malaise that invariably becomes infected, moral debility, a mixture of arrogance ego and incompetence in office.

The electorate aging, unwilling to succumb to change, fear of a future without support of the state, a youth culture unwilling to participate in any political process of government. The constant threat consequence of depopulation.

When a political economics researcher at college, supplementing my earnings, on a break in Japan, I was able with the help of J family to join a election campaign for the LDP candidate.

I was impressed by the dedication of the grass roots volunteers, humble but affluent, also their strong links respect influence throughout the local communities.

The political foot soldiers needed to win elections time after time.

The opposition parties are presently an irrelevance, nothing more than a noisy neighbour “across the isles”

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expression suggests, the LDP party upper echelons pulling the strings power will decide only when the time necessitates, not before.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Kishida controls the justice minister, the kabuki will continue

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Keep on digging and you'll come up with even more.

Question is: what will happen to them?

Probably the same ol', same ol'.

Take a deep bow, say that you're so sorry, and keep on going.

Seen it happen for the past 30 + years.

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@Simon Fosten

Look, the whole foreign involvement thing is a bit off-topic

If anyone becomes familiar with how the LDP came into existence in the post-war era one will realize 'the whole foreign involvement thing' is the root cause for all the endless misdeeds perpetuated by the LDP. The fact that nowadays most Japanese people are not familiar with this information is a key reason why they keep voting the LDP into power.

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@Simon Foston

I guess you're right. I personally despise the idea but the argument that I got from some people was that Japan is looking to get the first woman PM before the US votes a woman president.

Just not Takaichi please...

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scandals may signal early end of Kishida gov't

And it matters not a jot.

Kishida will quit, live in luxury for the rest of his life, and be replaced by another LDP apparatchik.

When the time comes for the next election, the dutiful electorate will carry out their feudal obligation and vote for the LDP again.

Nothing will change, no lessons will be learned, the LDP will be more justified in their belief that they do not even have to try not to be corrupt and Japanese people will continue to pay for their venality.

Death spiral.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

How can you fire a PM who wasn’t elected and is an member of unification church and grew up in America? He’s OK.safe.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

In the last twenty years politicians around the world have been playing the clever move of pushing forward the "soft" image of a female on the political chessboard to distract from scandals (Peru has a woman president and 8 women in the cabinet after the coup overthrowing the elected president who's been in the slammer ever since). Women in Japan have also been increasingly used as "kagemusha" to soften the impact of hardline policies. If Kishida falls with bad results in the next elections, we may see the LDP pulling out its distaff ace in the hole to continue its smoke-and-mirrors rule.

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@u_s__reamer

Hashimoto Seiko is a good example.

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guess what, LDP will still win the next election. So far nobody can replace them yet

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

The douche doesn't have any time to do any governing when he's gallivanting around the world all the time.

The last comment is right, you could put a stray cat as jimin leader and they'd still get re-elected.

Sad to watch the slow motion train wreck Japan is becoming. The country desperately needs to reinvent itself. No chance with this rabble.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

The level of corruption in this country is staggering.

Them getting away with it continually is insane.

Why Japanese people?

Vote them out.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Present LDP regime who only benefit large corporations or arms industries and who expanded poverty or Covid19 is too long.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

The level of corruption in this country is staggering.

Them getting away with it continually is insane.

Why Japanese people?

Vote them out.

They probably would if there was a viable alternative available to them.

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LegrandeToday  10:59 am JST

@Simon Foston

Look, the whole foreign involvement thing is a bit off-topic

If anyone becomes familiar with how the LDP came into existence in the post-war era one will realize 'the whole foreign involvement thing' is the root cause for all the endless misdeeds perpetuated by the LDP.

Yes, I know perfectly well that given the choice between a country run by communists and country run by racketeers that the Americans chose government by the mob. However, that was sixty years ago. Everything that has happened since then is on the Japanese themselves, especially the way they let Shinzo Abe get back into power after his farcical first administration.

The fact that nowadays most Japanese people are not familiar with this information is a key reason why they keep voting the LDP into power.

They don't! In many elections most Japanese people don't bother to vote or they vote for opposition parties. The LDP only got about one third of the popular vote in the 2021 election but with first-past-the-post and over-representation of rural LDP strongholds that doesn't matter. Ignorance of how the LDP got started is nothing to do with it.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

It does not really matter if Kashida and his who government is dismissed, they will be replaced the following day by exactly the same a systemic corrupt one, because that is what the the LDP are. Corruptness runs to their very core and it will never change. Why, because those who have the real power, the wealthy, rich classes, want them there? End of. Japan is just like every other world wide country, run and owned by the 1% who have everything.

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MarkToday  12:33 pm JST

guess what, LDP will still win the next election. So far nobody can replace them yet

You're almost certainly correct but why do you think that is?

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He doesn’t look happy

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Do I believe that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is dishonest or corrupt?

No I don't.

With the benefit of hindsight Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, day one needed to stamp his authority on his party machinery.

Oversight!!. Whips.

Whips

https://www.parliament.uk/about/mps-and-lords/principal/whips/

Along these lines but with LDP own design.

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itsonlyrocknrollToday  03:21 pm JST

Do I believe that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is dishonest or corrupt?

No I don't.

With the benefit of hindsight Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, day one needed to stamp his authority on his party machinery.

Oversight!!. Whips.

Whips

https://www.parliament.uk/about/mps-and-lords/principal/whips/

Along these lines but with LDP own design.

Whips wouldn't have as much leverage in Japan as long as Diet members have tons of cash lying around. I mean, the worst that can happen to them is being expelled from the party and losing access to party funding for election campaigns, but as we' ve seen there are plenty of other people who are happy to keep them well stocked.

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LegrandeToday 10:59 am JST

@Simon Fosten

Look, the whole foreign involvement thing is a bit off-topic

If anyone becomes familiar with how the LDP came into existence in the post-war era one will realize 'the whole foreign involvement thing' is the root cause for all the endless misdeeds perpetuated by the LDP.

No, 60 years later, the LDP is responsible for itself.

The fact that nowadays most Japanese people are not familiar with this information is a key reason why they keep voting the LDP into power.

Really? That is all it takes to get the LDP out of power? Somebody get on the presses, then, because that ought to be really easy to expose!

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

"If possible, we do not want a lower house election to be held anytime soon."

How pathetic is this opposition crowd?

They could be taken be surprise if an election is suddenly called?

Isn’t it the same for the LDP?

I think the situation is that the opposition politicians are engaged in corrupt dealings themselves, for they seem quite content with the state of things and have no ambition to increase their number of members in the parliament.

How utterly pathetic.

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Simon Foston,

Yes, UK parliamentary whipping is predominately associated with procedure. How such a function would ever fit into any form of LPD political structure within the diet would require acceptance of a change that reflects a need to bring an agreed level of behaviour.

An acceptance if you will that the current structure is broken. These political factions are influential and powerful. I don’t think anyone outside the system looking in truly understands their function.

However, to be able to create, manage a political fundraising entity, be fully aware of the laws governing personal political financing/fund raising then knowingly skim off the proceeds frankly is a criminal act.

All within Prime Minister Fumio Kishida own cabinet, no investigation, what was or is the purpose of this fund?

Then the involvement of a cult, the Moonies Unification Church, within the Diet government, what was such a groups function?

Abe san was gunned down in the street, yet the J public are still oblivious to any explanation or circumstances  why such a situation act occurred.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Why isn't this story in the CRIME section? You should combine them: CRIME/POLITICS.

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fxgaiToday  05:16 pm JST

"If possible, we do not want a lower house election to be held anytime soon."

How pathetic is this opposition crowd?

They could be taken be surprise if an election is suddenly called?

Isn’t it the same for the LDP?

Not at all. The LDP have been around for ages, everyone knows who they are and what they stand for, and they're well-funded with strong enough support organisations to win an election tomorrow.

I think the situation is that the opposition politicians are engaged in corrupt dealings themselves,

There's little indication that's the case. Anyway, why bribe an opposition politician who can't turn the wheels of government the way you want?

for they seem quite content with the state of things and have no ambition to increase their number of members in the parliament.

Content or not, what actually can they do?

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@Simon Fosten

Yes, I know perfectly well that given the choice between a country run by communists and country run by racketeers that the Americans chose government by the mob. However, that was sixty years ago. Everything that has happened since then is on the Japanese themselves, especially the way they let Shinzo Abe get back into power after his farcical first administration.

Actually it wasn't just a choice between communists and racketeers- there were those who sought to build a coalition for and by the people, but displaying McCarthyesque paranoia the US shut down anything that didn't support US conservative interests with said mobsters, racketeers, and war criminal imperialists such as Abe's grandfather Kishi Nobusuke, who we now know was instrumental in installing the Unification Church in Japan (Kishi let them set up their headquarters on his land)... and if you somehow believe that the US hasn't been just as active in pulling strings in order to ensure the US-amenable LDP stays in power as they were in the post war era then I'd say you are just a touch uninformed about US geopolitical strategies and the lengths they will go to to ensure Japan keeps buying boatloads of weapons and keeps following the US agenda.

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From the looks of the stock picture the title tells it all. I disappointed or I am caught!

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LegrandeToday  10:06 pm JST

@Simon Fosten

Actually it wasn't just a choice between communists and racketeers-

I know. I didn't see any need to be too specific as the article is not about the people who started the LDP.

and if you somehow believe

No, I don't. However this scandal appears to be completely homegrown and by continually going on about the Americans you may be drawing attention away from the fact that the blame for this needs to laid squarely at the feet of the LDP.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

There's something amiss here. The numbers involved in the kickbacks are really small - 10 Million yen, over how many years... so what ? It happens everywhere, and everyone knows that Politicians are generally in it for themselves... that's Human Nature. So, what's the real story here, the one that this lesser smoke screen is trying to hide ?

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TokyoOldManDec. 12  11:07 pm JST

There's something amiss here. The numbers involved in the kickbacks are really small - 10 Million yen, over how many years... so what ?

It's illegal. Ordinary people can get criminal records for shoplifting in supermarkets so politicians should face the consequences of breaking the law too.

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Apparently a lot of the people who bought the tickets for the parties couldn't even go to them, and if they did they found that there wasn't any food.

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