Fund Scandal Hits New Japanese Parliamentary Vice Land Minister

Tokyo, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)--Groups related to Shozo Kudo, a new Japanese parliamentary vice land minister, have failed to book flows of funds from large-scale gatherings that charged fees for participants in their political fund reports, it was learned Monday.

This could amount to violation of the political funds control law, political analysts said.

Through his office last month, Kudo, a House of Representatives lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, reported corrections to the documents to the election board of Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, which includes his constituency for the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament.

Kudo, 53, took up his current post of parliamentary vice minister of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism in a cabinet reshuffle early this month.

According to Kudo's official website, his political fund management group held fee-charging meetings in Nagoya, the capital of Aichi, in 2014 and 2015, and an LDP branch in Aichi, headed by Kudo, held a similar gathering in the city in 2014.

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