NTT Chief Denies Asking Ministry Officials for Favors

Politics

Tokyo, March 15 (Jiji Press)--Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. <9432> President Jun Sawada, at a parliamentary meeting on Monday, rejected suggestions that the company asked lawmakers in senior communications ministry posts for favors by wining and dining them.

"There've been no conversations on requests related to our business or getting favors," Sawada told the House of Councillors' Budget Committee, while apologizing for "causing so much anxiety and inconvenience."

Former communications ministers Seiko Noda and Sanae Takaichi, both lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, are among those who have had dinner with NTT officials.

Sawada said that the company tries to make occasions to hold talks with both ruling and opposition lawmakers on the future of society and general international affairs. He denied that the company routinely entertained senior ministry officials.

The NTT president, who joined the parliamentary meeting as an unsworn witness, declined to answer a question about whether company officials have had dinner with the prime minister or incumbent communications minister Ryota Takeda.

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