Kansai Electric Power to Expand Probe into Payments

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Tokyo, Sept. 29 (Jiji Press)--Kansai Electric Power Co. <9503> plans to expand its investigation into a scandal in which company executives received money and goods from a former deputy mayor of a nuclear plant host town in central Japan, informed sources said.

The Osaka-based company will investigate whether executives and employees in divisions other than nuclear power received money and goods from Eiji Moriyama, the late deputy mayor of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, the sources said.

The move comes as Kansai Electric Power Chairman Makoto Yagi said Saturday that he received money and goods from Moriyama between 2006 and 2010 while he was an executive in charge of nuclear power business.

The comments came after Kansai Electric Power said Friday that 20 company executives, including Yagi and President Shigeki Iwane, received money and goods worth 320 million yen from Moriyama between February 2011 and February last year. The town hosts the company's Takahama nuclear plant.

The industry ministry Friday issued an order for the company to investigate whether there were other similar receipts. Yagi said the company is considering hiring additional lawyers to make the investigation as objective as possible.

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