Abe Urges Kansai Electric to Clarify Gift Scandal


Tokyo, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday urged Kansai Electric Power Co. <9503> to get to the bottom of a money scandal involving executives of the company.

"First of all, it's essential (for Kansai Electric) to elucidate the matter thoroughly by introducing a third-party perspective," Abe said at a plenary meeting of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, in response to questions from Yukio Edano, chief of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan.

Abe also said that the company needs to "put preventive measures in action and make efforts to regain public confidence."

It recently came to light that Kansai Electric executives, including President Shigeki Iwane and Chairman Makoto Yagi, received huge amounts of cash and goods from an influential late former deputy mayor of the town of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, which hosts the company's Takahama nuclear power station.

Edano grilled the government over its responsibility for supervising Kansai Electric, during the plenary meeting in which representatives from ruling and opposition parties questioned Abe on a policy speech he delivered Friday, the first day of the current 67-day extraordinary Diet session, convened following the Sept. 11 reshuffle of the Abe cabinet.

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