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LDP Seen Punishing 39 Lawmakers over Money Scandal

LDP Seen Punishing 39 Lawmakers over Money Scandal

   Tokyo, April 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party is seen punishing 39 member lawmakers over a high-profile money scandal involving LDP factions, it was learned Monday.
   LDP Secretary-General Toshimitsu Motegi asked the party's ethics committee on the day to review the 39 lawmakers, who belonged to factions once led by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai and each failed to report 5 million yen or more in political funds for five recent years.
   The lawmakers do not include Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, president of the LDP, or Nikai, who has announced that he will not run in the next House of Representatives election.
   "We aim to adopt a punishment policy this week," Motegi told a press conference on Monday.

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