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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's first female economy minister accused of spending political funds on make-up, gifts

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 03:09pm by AFP

    ... rising star and possible future prime minister of Japan- was under fire yesterday over reports she had spent political donations on make-up. The controversy is a blow to the most prominent ... the five years to 2012, her political funding body spent more than 10 million yen (HK$725,000) on things unconnected to politics, including cosmetics and accessories. It also spent 3.62 million yen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1617626/japans-first-female-economy-minister-accused-spending-political-funds-make
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan minister in sadomasochism bar scandal hit by fresh allegations

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 02:42pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Hours after news that staff working for Japan's new industry minister had billed a sex club visit as a political expense, it is revealed he owns stock ... underlings had spent office cash at a sex bar. Japan’s usually staid political scene has been left reeling from the sadomasochist club scandal and the resignations of two other newly appointed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1623715/japan-minister-sadomasochism-bar-scandal-hit-fresh-allegations
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Scandal hits new Japan industry minister after staff visit sadomasochism bar

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 03:50pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... staff visited a sex bar Japan was hit on Thursday by a third political scandal in a week after its new industry minister – whose predecessor resigned in disgrace over misspending – admitted ... at his political office had billed 18,230 yen (HK$1,320) as entertainment expenses during a visit to the club in September 2010, Jiji Press news agency said. The venue’s shows depict women being ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1622949/scandal-hits-new-japan-industry-minister-after-staff-visit-sadomasochism
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    More problems hit Japanese minister still smarting from S&M scandal

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 11:02pm by AFP

    ... Japan's usually staid political scene has been left reeling from the S&M club scandal and the resignations this week of two other newly appointed cabinet ministers in the wake of misspending ... of incidents and said Miyazawa should have dumped his shares as soon as he was tipped for the new job. Also yesterday, the under-fire minister said he had disciplined staff at his political office who ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1624024/more-problems-hit-japanese-minister-still-smarting-sm-scandal
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Two women quit Shinzo Abe's cabinet, dealing blow to reform drive

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 03:16am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Two female ministers resign over claims they misused political funds So much for Abe lifting women's role Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suffered a double setback yesterday with the resignations of two female cabinet ministers over claims they misused political funds, dealing a blow to his drive to boost the role of women in society. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1620891/two-women-quit-shinzo-abes-cabinet-dealing-blow-reform-drive
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet below 50pc

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:10am by AP

    ... tax and a political funds scandal involving a top minister. The Kyodo News poll showed the approval rating for the cabinet had fallen 6.8 percentage points from the previous poll in early September. The poll was conducted Saturday and yesterday amid growing questions over the financial reports of political groups associated with Trade Minister Yuko Obuchi and the alleged misuse ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1620075/support-japanese-prime-minister-shinzo-abes-cabinet-below-50pc
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe seeks to move on from cabinet scandals but foes scent blood

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 04:02am by JULIA RYALL

    ... Shiozaki have already publicly faced questions over alleged influence peddling, improper donations or problems in reporting political funds. All three have denied wrongdoing. But the opposition, ... Miyazawa and Yoko Kamikawa are considered political conservatives, are members of Shinto organisations, have close links with business, are opponents of Tokyo ceding too much in the debate over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1621620/shinzo-abe-seeks-move-cabinet-scandals-foes-scent-blood
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's new trade minister Yuko Obuchi 'to quit' over misuse of funds

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 06:27am by Reuters

    ... support groups misused political funds, Japanese media said. Yuko Obuchi, the 40-year-old daughter of a former premier, had told people close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that she planned to resign and take responsibility for a furore she caused, the Nikkei newspaper said. "What I have to do right now is to conduct a thorough investigation into the political funding issue," ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1619631/japans-new-trade-minister-yuko-obuchi-quit-over-misuse-funds
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Seiji Yoshida's lies about "comfort women" exploited by Japan's right

    Posted Oct 12th 2014, 06:26am by Julian Ryall

    ... two staff who were involved in reporting the veteran's stories in the 1990s. After his repatriation, Yoshida- whose real name was Yuto Yoshida- became involved in politics ... recruitment of the so-called comfort women and that testimony was then used by others as evidence to advance their agendas," Shimada said. Shimada says Yoshida did not appear to be politically ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1614619/seiji-yoshidas-lies-about-comfort-women-exploited-japans-right
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    With new cabinet post, Yuko Obuchi's political star keeps rising in Japan

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:18am by Julian Ryall

    ... political star keeps on rising When Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe unveiled his new 18-strong cabinet in Tokyo last week, there were few surprises. Perhaps the least surprising appointment ... to the cabinet in 2008, Obuchi is still just 40 years old, making her a stripling in Japan's political world. Even more significantly, she is a woman in the old boys' club that still rules ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1586658/new-cabinet-post-yuko-obuchis-political-star-keeps-rising-japan

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