Ex-Secretary to LDP Lawmaker Raided over Cash Smuggling

Society

Tokyo, Dec. 10 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo prosecutors have raided the houses of two people, including a former secretary to House of Representatives lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, on suspicion of involvement in cash smuggling, according to informed sources.

The two are believed to have some kind of information about the cash that was allegedly brought into Japan from abroad without being reported to the customs, in violation of the foreign exchange and foreign trade act, the sources said Monday.

The special squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office will try to shed light on the flow of the money through documents collected through the house searches.

The former government-paid secretary worked for Akimoto, 48, for over 10 years, supporting the current Lower House lawmaker as his right hand and safe keeper of his office, the sources said.

The secretary set up an entertainment company in Tokyo in 2011, the year after Akimoto lost his seat in the House of Councillors, the upper parliamentary chamber, and became the firm's representative director. The post was succeeded by another former secretary to Akimoto, who himself once took the position of adviser at the firm and received advisory fees.

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