Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Index – Abroad – Japanese prime minister apologizes for son’s visit to several ministry staff


Japanese Prime Minister Suga Josihide apologized on Monday for his son’s hospitality as an employee of a telecommunications company.

The eldest son of the prime minister, Suga Szeigo, is an employee of the satellite broadcasting company Tohokusinsa,

the company is granted broadcasting licenses by the Ministry of the Interior and Communications.

According to an investigation by the ministry, Szuga Szeigo and other employees of the company had lunch and wine with thirteen government officials 39 times. Szuga Szeigo he hosted four senior ministry officials, paid their taxi bills, and also gave them gifts. Two ministry employees have already been fired.

The scandal was blown up by the weekly Bunsun weekend, publishing an audio recording of a conversation between Suga Szeigo, a ministry employee and a corporate official. According to the paper, Szuge Szeigo met these ministry officials when his father ran the Ministry of Home Affairs and Communications from 2006-2007, and he was his secretary. According to NHK Japanese public service television news

Tohokusinsa spent more than 520,000 yen (approximately 1.5 million forints) on such occasions.

Ministry officials are expected to be punished for violating ethical laws for civil servants that prohibit them from accepting such offers or invitations.

Speaking before the Committee on Budgets of the House of Commons

Suga Josihide apologized that his son had anything to do with the lunches and government officials violated the law.

He added that he did not know about it. Chief of Staff Riota Takeda also expressed regret, but said the offerings did not affect the ministry’s licensing procedures.

Szuga Josihide
about his adventurous life
we took a portrait back in September, before his election.





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