Average income for Japan lawmakers falls JPY 2.3 million in 2019

02-Jul-2020 Intellasia | JapanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The average income for a lawmaker in 2019 was JPY 24.27 million, down JPY 2.3 million from the previous year, according to reports released by both houses of the Diet.

Eight of the top 10 earners were members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

A total of 454 members of the House of Representatives and 199 members of the House of Councillors who were in office throughout last year disclosed their incomes. Newcomers who were elected in the July 2019 upper house election were excluded, as were once-defeated lawmakers who regained a spot in the Diet in that election.

The top three were all LDP lawmakers with income exceeding JPY 100 million. House of Councillors lawmaker Taichiro Motoe made JPY 845.02 million, including profits from stock transfers.

Prime minister Shinzo Abe, who is also LDP president, topped the list of party leaders, with an income of JPY 38.68 million. This is the second year in a row that Abe has been ranked first among party chiefs, but his earnings were down JPY 1.6 million from 2018, when the election for the LDP presidency was held.

This decline is thought to be due to fewer media appearances, among other reasons.

The average income of a House of Representatives lawmaker was JPY 23.26 million, while House of Councillors lawmakers made an average of JPY 26.57 million. By political party, the LDP averaged JPY 26.08 million, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan JPY 22.09 million, and the Democratic Party for the People JPY 22.04 million.Speech



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