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Suga should take the lead in getting to bottom of dinner scandal

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23.02.2021

A telecommunications ministry report has revealed the surprising extent of a wining and dining scandal involving ministry officials and the media company employing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s eldest son.

The ministry has found that a dozen senior ministry officials were treated to expensive dinners many times by the firm in clear violation of the ethics code for government employees.

The findings paint a familiar picture of the cozy relationship between bureaucrats and the industries they regulate, which has been repeatedly criticized in the past.

They inevitably raise the question of whether this corrupt nexus affected policy decisions in any way. The ministry’s half-hearted investigation cannot dispel the suspicions.

The ministry on Feb. 22 released the report on its probe into dinners paid by Tohokushinsha Film Corp. to entertain ministry officials.

The weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun lifted the lid on the scandal by reporting that Yasuhiko Taniwaki, the vice minister for policy coordination at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, and three other top ministry officials dined with Suga’s eldest son and other executives of the Tokyo-based company, which produces TV programs and satellite-based........

© The Asahi Shimbun


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