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Kishida Seen Urging Scandal-Mired LDP Members to Leave Party

Kishida Seen Urging Scandal-Mired LDP Members to Leave Party

   Tokyo, March 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is considering punishing some members of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party involved in a political funds scandal by recommending them to leave the party, informed sources said Saturday.
   The recommendation, the second harshest of the eight penalties under the party's disciplinary rules, is likely to be issued to some former executives of the faction once led by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the center of the scandal.
   Kishida initially considered punishing them by not giving them LDP endorsements as election candidates, the fourth-harshest penalty, but is tilting toward tougher measures in view of reactions from inside and outside the party.
   The punishments are expected to be decided as early as Thursday after a review by the Party Ethics Committee.
   Kishida, the LDP's president, intends to punish 82 members of two factions, including the Abe group, that failed to record money kicked back from fundraising party revenues in political funds reports.

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