Prosecutors have begun investigating former agriculture minister Takamori Yoshikawa and searched his offices in Nagatacho, Tokyo, and in Sapporo’s Kita Ward, as well as other related locations on Friday morning on suspicion of bribery over ¥5 million allegedly offered by a major egg company.
The special investigation squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office is expected to decide whether to file a case after collecting evidence.
According to sources, a former head of major egg producer Akita Foods Co., based in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, is suspected of giving Yoshikawa, who was the then agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, a total of ¥5 million in three separate cash payments between the autumn of 2018 and summer of 2019.
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