Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's son has been given a strong warning over inappropriate photographs taken at the prime minister's residence during a family function last year, the top government spokesman said Thursday.
The caution given to Shotaro Kishida, who works as an executive secretary to his father, was disclosed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno after a weekly magazine reported that he posed for photographs with relatives at a staircase and other symbolically important parts of the residence in a manner seen as disrespectful.
Speaking at a regular press conference Thursday, Matsuno said the government is aware that the actions of the prime minister's eldest son "lacked appropriateness."
"We will ensure proper use and management (of the facility) to ensure such an incident does not occur again," he added.
According to reporting by the weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun, Shotaro Kishida and around 10 others, including relatives, posed for a photo last December on the red-carpeted staircase, where Japanese prime ministers traditionally debut their new Cabinet lineup with a photo call.
The prime minister last did so in August following a reshuffle. One of the photographs in question features his son and others dressed casually while posing as ministers do.
Among the other photos released by the magazine are two of a man and woman, who appear to be relatives of the Kishida family, posing at the prime minister's lectern, which is typically used for press conferences.
Matsuno said the photos were taken during a year-end party for relatives, in which the prime minister made an appearance.
While the prime minister's residence accommodates the leader and his family, it is a public building for carrying out official business and hosting functions on behalf of the state, Matsuno said.
Regarding Shotaro Kishida's conduct, Matsuno said he hopes he will "carry himself with a greater sense of care when carrying out his duties."
Later Thursday, the premier told reporters that he has no intention of sacking Shotaro Kishida as an executive secretary, although he said he "deeply regrets" his son's behavior as it lacked "appropriateness."
Kishida's eldest son has proved a repeated source of trouble for the prime minister since he was tapped for the executive secretary role in October last year.
The prime minister has been criticized by opposition politicians for nepotism over the appointment. Matsuno rejected the accusations at the time, saying that the prime minister's eldest son was offered the job based on his "personality and insight."
In January, the younger Kishida found himself under fire from opposition politicians, who said he inappropriately mixed public and private interests by going sightseeing while accompanying his father on visits to other Group of Seven advanced nations ahead of a Hiroshima summit, held in May.
News of the incident initially came from another weekly magazine. As part of what the prime minister later called "official duties," the younger Kishida was reported to have used a government car to visit major tourist spots and go shopping in London, Paris and Ottawa.
The government said there was no problem with his use of the vehicle because he took photos for his father's social media and purchased gifts on the senior Kishida's behalf.© KYODO
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Twerking, I'll bet.
How totally unacceptable! Seriously, do we have to take everything so seriously? In many other places there would be a living to be made out of spiking the pomposity. I am no fan of Kishida or blatant nepotism but this is a ridiculous story.
Only asked by someone who doesnt understand the system and how politicians are expected to act.
The people really dont care, the problem is it becoming public. That is it. If it had never become public, there would have been no problem. Problem is with his relatives and whomever was at the party, probably leaking it on their social media, thus making it an embarrassment for Kishida.
Japanese politicians can and do get away with a lot of crap, as long as it doesnt go public. Once the public finds out, hammers get pulled out and folks start getting hit in the head.
It's not the "nail that sticks out", it's the nail that "gets found out" ,
People got no chill these days. And people wonder why the younger generation is not willing to get involvle in politics
Why are people upset about this? I saw the Japanese comments on youtube over this, and good god.... Ja-no-fun-allowed-pan.
He posed for some silly photos with some family members in his own house.
Wait till they hear of the kind of shenanigans other first children get into.
"dressed casually"?!? Send them to jail.
Where are these photos??
It's not so much the photos themselves as the fact that Kishida appointed his son to his cushy position, and then does things to suggest he is making light of the situation
Need to stay off social media.
Nepotism-kun at it again?
This is why the opposition will never beat the LDP lol
we all want the change but when their only arguments are:
”we think it’s In appropriate for this guy to take pictures with his family, at his house, during their vacation, and looking happy”
come on … we can get them on something better than this right?
Well, Yubaru, of course, I have been here long enough to understand your points, good as they are. But I guess both my sarcasm and despair come from looking at things from the perspective of what is really important, rather than the tiny perspective of Japanese political decorum. I mean, this just helps to maintain an image that some kind of pompous conformity to superficial formalities displays underlying integrity, when we all know it doesn't. Form and content are totally different. In fact, the facade of propriety is just some kind of Potemkin village.
People like this are why Japan is declining. Of course, these people also love selling Japan to Korean cultists, Chinese/Vietnamese communists, and American overlords,...
They don't have any shame!
very complete article………who needs to see, said pictures anyway?
guess I’ll have to check ANOTHER website……as usual
I hate it when officials spend money for private things but surely the immediate family of the leader of the country can be afforded some protection when going sightseeing etc. On saying that if it’s clear abuse, come down on him hard, but isn’t it just a father trying to give his son the exposure for a political career. However, if that son does many inappropriate things and is saved and later things he can get away with it…..by all means come down on the little brat fast…..
Actually that's exactly the point: it is absolutely not his own house.
The Kantei is the official residence and office of the Prime Minister of Japan (as far as I know, kishida's son is not Primer Minister). No Prime Minister "own" the place, they are only allowed to use it during their term.
A lot of people visit the Diet and take pictures. I have a picture of my family in the Japanese Emperor's balcony over the chairman's seat and and me in the Emperor's seat. The curtains are heavy drapes. You pull them aside and you see the gallery of the diet. I also have a picture of myself seated in the prime ministers's seat with the burgandy floral uphostered chairs. There is also another balcony for distinguished guests. If you have private showing, they let you take pictures. Actually our guide took the pictures. I am certain we were not the only ones allowed to do this.
Will rebuking him get rid of the photos? Chances are they are already viral. Some people, such as the Kishida offspring, just don't look good in any photo, regardless of their pose. Perhaps if he were a better looking male specimen he would not be subject to this sort of abuse by political witch hunters. Poor guy is getting harassed just because his dad hosted the G-7 and hung out with the big swinging boys of the other six world powers. It is a shame what the Japanese media does. A true shame...
Think you talking about the replica gallery at the parliament museum just a short walk away. Was just at the diet just today actually, and the guide definitely didn't let us sit in the emperor's seat or get anywhere near the floor either. In fact he told us the emperor's seat has never been used. The crown prince's one had been used just twice. We were restricted to the public gallery seating only.
Yeah and if it was the real seat, actually used by an Emperor and it was shown all over the internet, I am quite sure the upraised voices of the nationalists would be deafening.
How dare anyone let a foreigner sit in THE chair!
I’ve never been to the museum. No, it was the one across the street from the First House of Representatives. The one where the junior high school students visit. The embassy recommended and arranged for a private showing. No one was there but for the security guards and our guide. The date we originally wanted was not available as there were school trip visits and it would be crowded.
We were in the Emperor’s balcony and the honored guests balcony which is on the left corner when facing the speaker. There is a restaurant in the basement with normal soba or udon noodles. There is a sushi ya too.
I didn’t get the impression we were the only ones who got to do this. In fact it seemed standard. Perhaps it was special. My point is. If I can have a picture taken in the Japanese Emperor’s balcony and in the Prime Minister’s seat, it’s not big deal fir Kishida’s son to have a picture taken on the red carpet steps at the PM residence.
Why is this inappropriate?! The politicians should spend less time on trivial things such as this and focus on doing their job for the Japanese people. I am Japanese and think why is it inappropriate to take photos like this but not inappropriate to televise politicians napping or sleeping during cabinet sessions.....what a joke!!!
Very bad optics. Should cease and desist for the good of the country.
I've seen the photo.
It's nothing none of us wouldn't have done too in the same circumstance.
As someone said take a chill pill
Who cares really, it’s onky a few snippy snaps. Blimey you’d think he’d done something really mental like hang naked from a chandelier, lol
GillislowTierMay 26 09:32 am JST
The opposition will never beat the LDP because elections are really expensive and the LDP have buckets and buckets of money. The opposition parties don't. Kishida Jnr. could be one of those people who was getting up to funny stuff at the Studio Ghibli theme park, and he would probably still get elected.
Nepotism........The prime minister's eldest son was offered the job based on his "personality and insight."...LOL!! And his ability to give the middle digit to those around him.