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Kishida to Punish LDP Members over Funds Scandal Around Thursday

Kishida to Punish LDP Members over Funds Scandal Around Thursday

   Tokyo, March 29 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to punish members of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party involved in a political funds scandal around Thursday, a senior LDP official said Friday.
   On Friday, Kishida met with LDP Vice President Taro Aso and Secretary-General Toshimitsu Motegi. They are believed to have discussed the possibility of questioning former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who once served as head of an LDP faction at the center of the scandal.
   In April 2022, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who headed the faction at the time, decided to abolish the practice of distributing kickbacks from fundraising party revenues to faction members.
   The scheme, however, was maintained following a meeting in August the same year, after Abe's death, that was attended by former LDP General Council Chairman Ryu Shionoya, former policy chief Hakubun Shimomura, former industry minister Yasutoshi Nishimura and Hiroshige Seko, former party secretary-general in the House of Councillors.
   Mori served as head of the faction from 1998 to 2006, excluding a one-year period during which he was prime minister. This coincides with the time period when the kickback practices are believed to have started.

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