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Japan's Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday informed the opposition bloc that a senior member of the faction formerly led by the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would attend a special committee to probe a political funds scandal that has rocked the ruling party.

Wouldn't it be nice if all tax evaders just got an invitation to a special probe committee instead of having their accounts drained and assets seized?

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The LDP, meanwhile, is considering refraining from asking for the participation of 85-year-old Nikai, with some concerned about his age, according to party sources

If he so infirm how come he is in a position of power rather than in a rest home?

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The LDP, meanwhile, is considering refraining from asking for the participation of 85-year-old Nikai, with some concerned about his age, according to party sources

If he so infirm how come he is in a position of power rather than in a rest home?

Agreed. Only when it is convenient do they use their age as a leverage.

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Agree with all the above.

Some LDP lawmakers to attend Diet ethics panel on fundraising scandal

The word ethics should not be in the same sentence as the LDP.

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Showing deference to Nikai because of his age? Gimmee a break. If my mother who is older than he is, and didn't file on let's say 100,000 yen, she would be hauled before Kokuzeicho.

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Some only will attend as the rest know they are above the law and are happy to thumb their noses at any scrutiny! One of the most corrupt systems in the developed world

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Nikkai can hardly walk and hear. Why on earth is he still in a position of power to start with.

Anyway if he is still able to lead an LDP faction he should be able to appear before this panel!

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The political ethics council is responsible for examining the political and moral conduct of lawmakers who face allegations.

I'm sorry, the what????

There is a POLITICAL ETHICS COUNCIL????

.............run by who? Aso? Kishida?

Examining the moral conduct of lawmakers...............

so where has this "council" been for the last 7 decades?

Are we being PUNK'D?

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Most of the non-LDP parties are raising up a fuss about only one or two reps from the criminal parties showing up. They want many of them there.

The LDP, meanwhile, is considering refraining from asking for the participation of 85-year-old Nikai, with some concerned about his age, according to party sources.

This is so he won't accidentally blurt out the truth.

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What is the point? the reasons for the scandal are already easy to understand even for people that only follow superficially the news, and the ethics panel can't really punish people anyway (only give recommendations that can be ignored). What is needed is for the party to assume responsibility seriously, but obviously nobody is expecting this to happen.

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virusrex

Feb. 22 02:38 pm JST

What is needed is for the party to assume responsibility seriously, but obviously nobody is expecting this to happen.

The LDP is under no real pressure to do anything about this. The prosecutors have let them off the hook, they're facing no repercussions at the ballot box, money will keep coming in from complicit donors and moral bankruptcy isn't a big concern for them.

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Aly Rustom

Feb. 21 08:12 am JST

The word ethics should not be in the same sentence as the LDP.

Hah. You got thirteen downvotes but none of the downvoters can articulate what they take issue with.

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