109 Fukui Officials Took Gifts from Key Person in Nuclear Biz Scandal

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Fukui, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)--More than 100 Fukui Prefecture officials had received money and goods from a key person in a gift scandal involving Kansai Electric Power Co.'s <9503> nuclear plant business, an investigation panel has said.

According to a report by the prefecture-set panel released Thursday, 109 current and former officials received gifts worth up to 200,000 yen from the person, Eiji Moriyama, former deputy mayor of the Fukui town of Takahama. He died in March this year.

The Fukui government plans to penalize 29 officials, considering that gifts given to them were excessive for courtesies customarily afforded.

The panel, including local lawyers, said it detected no favors extended to Moriyama from those who received the gifts.

"It's very regrettable," Fukui Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto said Thursday. "We'll take recurrence prevention measures, including developing ethical rules for officials, and strive to realize trusted prefectural administration."

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