Japan ex-PM Abe’s constituency calls for probe into cut-price state land sale, other scandals

18-Oct-2021 Intellasia | Mainichi | 5:02 AM Print This Post

As Japan braces for the October 31 general election, even ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) members from former prime minister Shinzo Abe’s constituency in this western Japan city are raising their voices to hold him accountable over a spate of scandals that hit his former administration.

During the nearly nine years that spanned the administrations of prime minister Abe and his successor Yoshihide Suga, there was constant criticism from people saying that they “could not believe the explanations” they were being given over the heavily discounted sale of state-owned land to nationalist school operator Moritomo Gakuen and the supplementation of fees incurred for functions held the night before cherry blossom-viewing parties, hosted by then prime minister Abe.

“As for the Moritomo Gakuen case, one bureaucrat has died by suicide. This truth is a very weighty one. After a thorough investigation is conducted, the truth should be presented to the public. It’s likely that there are few people who are satisfied with what we have been told about the cherry blossom-viewing parties as well,” said a male LDP member who prides himself on having supported the party on a grassroots level for many years.

“If we keep going on like this, the LDP will collapse. To stop that from happening, intra-party power grabs and bargaining must stop, and members must face the public eye to eye.”



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