Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has to deal with the fourth departure in his government. Again, the movement of the moon plays a role.
Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida He does not come to rest. On Tuesday, Akiba Kenya was the fourth district chief to resign in two months. Opposition in Tokyo forced the Reichstag to resign. The prime minister reacted quickly and named a former predecessor in the same portfolio, Hiromichi Watanabe, 72, as his successor.
Officially, the ousted Akiba has been accused of violating electoral laws and being associated with the controversial Unification Church, the former Moon Sect, which he denies. It seems to be about illegal donations.
The case is as dirty and opaque as is typical of Japanese financial scandals. Akiba received large sums of money disguised as “rent” to his mother and wife between 2011 and 2020. The minister also paid official state secretaries to support him in his re-election to the Reichstag in October 2021, in clear violation of existing election law.
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