December 18, 2020 4:50:15 pm
Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was questioned by Tokyo prosecutors on or earlier than Thursday over political funding, industrial broadcaster TV Asahi reported, citing a number of unnamed lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Celebration.
Home media stated earlier this month that prosecutors had requested Abe to report for voluntary questioning in a case they had been constructing in opposition to his secretary over unreported political funds involving as a lot as 40 million yen ($386,920).
Abe’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to questions and no additional particulars had been instantly accessible.
Abe, who stepped down attributable to poor well being in September, is below fireplace on suspicion his workplace helped cowl the prices of dinner events for supporters, a doable violation of funding legal guidelines that Abe denied when questioned in parliament final yr.
Native media reported on Friday that Abe could also be summoned to look in parliament, maybe earlier than the tip of the yr, to reply questions, with Abe quoted previous to the Asahi report as saying he would reply in good religion.
“The prosecution is at present investigating this subject, however as soon as the outcomes can be found I want to reply in good religion,” he stated. “In fact, I might additionally like to reply in good religion to parliament,” the Nikkei Shimbun quoted him as saying.
The problem, which dogged Abe over the past yr of his tenure, additionally dangers damaging present premier Yoshihide Suga, who was Abe’s right-hand man throughout his 2012-2020 time period and is already below stress for his response to the coronavirus, together with a U-turn on a journey subsidy programme.
Suga has additionally drawn fireplace for becoming a member of finish of the yr social gatherings after imploring Japanese residents to keep away from such events because the nation sees a document variety of coronavirus circumstances.
Politicians in Japan can not present something to constituents that could possibly be construed as a present. The rule is so strict that two ministers in Abe’s cupboard final yr needed to give up over giving issues akin to melons, crabs and even potatoes to voters of their constituencies.
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