Japan: LDP lawmaker’s secretary admits to bribing election campaigners in trial

A secretary of ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Anri Kawai admitted to bribing campaigners during the Upper House election last July during his second court hearing Tuesday.

Hiroshi Tatemichi, a state-paid secretary of Kawai, did not enter a plea during his first hearing at the Hiroshima District Court on April 20 in connection with the campaign payment scandal that could possibly cost Kawai, the wife of former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai, her seat.

“It is true that I gave (campaigners) illegal rewards,” Tatemichi told the court.

His defense team said he only played a supportive role and was not involved in deciding on the amount to be paid to the campaigners.

The full original article can be found at japantimes.co.jp

(Photo: Mainichi/Masahiro Kawata)

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