Aide to Kawai Admits to Charges in Election Scandal


Hiroshima, May 19 (Jiji Press)--A state-paid secretary to ruling party lawmaker Anri Kawai admitted Tuesday to charges of election law violation during her campaign for the House of Councillors poll last July.

At the second hearing at Hiroshima District Court, Hiroshi Tatemichi, 54, acknowledged his involvement in over-the-limit payments to campaign workers. "I was told that it was an ordinary amount of money," he said.

Kawai won her first parliamentary seat in the Upper House election from the Hiroshima prefectural constituency July 21, 2019. She is a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

The defense side claimed that Tatemichi was not involved in deciding how much would be paid to campaign workers and is guilty only of assisting the wrongdoing.

The defense side seems to have attempted to avoid an imprisonment sentence and instead seek a fine, which would allow Kawai to escape the application of a guilt-by-association system.

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