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LDP punishes 39 members over funds scandal, urging 2 to leave party

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Every single member of that party are crooked as a snake!

6 ( +22 / -16 )

The Japanese people deserve much better than these self-serving incumbents!

19 ( +25 / -6 )

The Kishida, Abe, and Nikai groups have decided to disband

Over/under on how long until they 're-band', Or odds that they actually do 'disband?

15 ( +17 / -2 )

No arrests oh how we are so above the law disgusting…

18 ( +25 / -7 )

These are the same snakes who have introduced this terrible new invoice tax system as too many people were not paying taxes they said. And if you don't use this new system they will come for you. Meanwhile they were collecting millions of yen without paying any tax whatsoever and spending it without any need to detail how it was being used. Bribes, kickbacks, paying for votes, we have no idea.

17 ( +21 / -4 )

The proverbial lash with a wet noodle. The LDP got away with it. Presume the coming elections will be a farce with usual suspects riding to victory.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

Every single party, in every democracy practice the same methods for fund raising. I wouldn't be so judgemental about it all. The LDP got caughtout (or in this case got a Judas amongst its rank), they are protecting their donors and I'm not saying the laws allow this, just saying it's normal.

I've been in countries where the president, or his family ran art auctions that they created and 'supporters' cough cough of the arts paid millions upon millions for the arts cough cough.

1 ( +8 / -7 )

Vote LDP, you get LDP. Japanese need to vote them out at every level in every election or it won't change.

-5 ( +13 / -18 )

The LDP decided to punish two members very severely, urging them to leave the party. The catch is that they will retain the right to return to the party and run for office as LDP members.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

where is the punishment????, the prosecutor needs to sue them.

why is only people like Carlos Ghosn prosecuted without evidence?

-9 ( +10 / -19 )

Kishida said he has questioned former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori over the phone but was not able to confirm his involvement.

"Moshi-moshi, Mori-senpai it's Kishida. Seems a lot of evidence has turned up in these investigations about bribery and tax evasion during your time as Prime Minister. And while involved with the LDP party machinery. "

"And as president of the Olympic Committee for that matter. "

"Could you confirm your involvement?"

"No."

"That settles it then. Have a great rest of the day. ".

Imagine if all criminal investigations were conducted with "urges" and polite phone calls from chums.

Total kleptocracy.

3 ( +15 / -12 )

this is the demonstration that the LDP makes justice on its own rules and convenience and that the Japanese justice system is a monumental joke.

-11 ( +9 / -20 )

urging 2 to leave party

I've never lived in a country where so much urging takes place as Japan.

-9 ( +11 / -20 )

LDP members who received 10 million yen or more but less than 20 million yen faced a six-month suspension from party positions, while those receiving amounts worth 5 million yen or more but below 10 million yen were given formal warnings.

We had a guy resign because he was saying mean things towards farmers and yet we have ACTUAL criminals here facing miniscule punishment for their actions.

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SDCAToday  08:45 am JST

Indeed, Japan's GOV is a total joke!!

the Japanese people, tax payers are the hostages and victims of those jokers.

-12 ( +9 / -21 )

The Japanese simply love their LDP and have kept them in corrupt power for decades. The LDP suits the subservience of the people

-12 ( +7 / -19 )

Seeing Mori being wheeled around in a wheelchair was a telling performance of how these big boys deal with the big challenges and trouble. Was a fine performance, even though he was rather genki a few weeks ago at the opening of the new Hokuriku Shinkansen line. What a joke the leadership class is here. The culture that puts up with it is also more than half to blame.

Let’s see if any opposition party can appear to capitalize on the chaos. Won’t hold my breath though.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

You get who you vote for! Until the Japanese public gets of their backsides and votes these criminals out of office the song will remain the same!

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

SanjinosebleedToday  09:43 am JST

vote does not exist in Japan. it is a delusion...

-12 ( +6 / -18 )

Rotten to the core.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Indeed, Japan's GOV is a total joke!!

the Japanese people, tax payers are the hostages and victims of those jokers.

Took the words out of my mouth.

vote does not exist in Japan. it is a delusion...

Twice

-10 ( +4 / -14 )

The factions are not actually being disbanded, but simply being renamed to 'Focus Groups'.

J-style punishment indeed.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

funny how Ryutaro Nonomura was indicted by prosecutors for fraud in 2016 (using 3 million yen of official allowances on onsen trips) and the preparation and use of false official documents with a false seal and was sentenced by the Kobe District Court to three years in prison and suspension for four years.

I guess by the LDP handling the investigation and handing out slaps on the wrists, the Tokyo Prosecutors Office feels no need to meddle in political illegalities anymore!

6 ( +8 / -2 )

The Japanese people deserve much better than these self-serving incumbents

No they don’t. They vote for them despite knowing what they are like, so they deserve them. The people who don’t vote for them are the ones I feel sorry for…they are forever trapped.

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

Lots of urging, considering, eyeing in Japanese bureaucracy. Just to avoid actually taking a side or making a decision. That’s our taxes getting flushed down their toilet.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

So no one is going to jail?

Kleptocracy is now officially legal in Japan.

-5 ( +7 / -12 )

The LDP has utter contempt for the Japanese people and regards them as no more than a joke.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

And they arrest and jail elderly people caught shoplifting for food.

The LDP party which is always insinuating that Japan and Japan are morally superior to the rest of us.

Grubby money grabbers like common grifters.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Will these guys be audited to find where that money went?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Some of the toilets as in the one you sit on are annoying when they automatically spray you apon sitting down or too warm on a sunny day.

I prefer the regular western style manual hand flush style nothing fancy or ostentatious.

No doubt japan is famous for its sophisticated toilets and even some have anti-suicide writing on the toilet paper.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

This is just pretence.

No politicians are forced to resign about slush fundraising, they can continue lawmaker itself as ever. leaving LDP is temporary and will be back to party when public forgot. 

Most no damage for LDP.

Already, pro-LDP media begin fresh topics such as next party leader, cooperating deceptive "close the curtain" that LDP wants.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

This is a joke. Massive tax payer money theft and corruption and not a single prosecution. Japan is ruled by a cast of crooks.

Compare with how others were treated even though they didn’t get a single yen in their pocket. Japan is a mafia.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Thugs stay thugs.

One of the reason Japan going down the drain economically.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

No official independent statutory inquiry that

Compel witnesses to provide evidence

Provide certain legal safeguards

Maintain clearer limits on the Government’s involvement

These LDP slush funds within ruling government are of major public concern. Yet the electorate are no closer to the truth.

It is essential to know the focus of how this funds were distributed, to whom and most importantly "purpose".

How these funds are ledgered, records of transactions,  

Every transaction.

If I am not mistaken Political Funds Control Act, law, is clear.

This is a sham.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Lots of ‘urging’ going on in Japan but what does it take for someone to get booted from politics one must wonder..

0 ( +1 / -1 )

"I'm going to lie to you, you know I'm lying and I know you know I'm lying and I'm still going to lie to you".

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Japanese largest economy circle's chief said "no problem" about this LDP fundraising scandals shamelessly.

Japan's plutocracy by corrupted LDP-industrial complex will continue from now on, they ruin democracy more and more.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

The Japanese people community I have become a integral part of are the most straightforward, trusting, honest, peaceful supporting people I have ever had the pleasure to meet.

I am truly astonished how these politicians can obfuscate, grinning, lying, openly dishonourable, and the people just accept this.

Continue voting into office, thumbs up.

I will always be a foreigner here, I have come to accept the fact.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

They are gristly, granite faced, lying, openly, brazenly taking the electorate for fools.

What is so infuriating is the non existent youth vote.

Staring into a "smart" phone .

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

A little slap on the wrist!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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