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Finance Ministry appears morally bankrupt under Aso after scandal

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05.06.2018

Back in 1979, Japan's then-Okurasho (Finance Ministry) came under severe public criticism and was dubbed "Kohi Tengoku" (literally, "public funds heaven.")

The expression referred to the lavish wining and dining its senior officials were treated to at upscale restaurants and bars--all at taxpayers' expense--by officials of various public corporations and government ministries and agencies, every time the Finance Ministry finalized its new budgetary and personnel affairs plans.

Hundreds of thousands of yen would be spent in one night. Finance Ministry officials were dubbed "the lords of Akasaka” after Tokyo's posh nightlife district.

Two decades later, in 1998, Finance Ministry officials were found to have been........

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