More Dubious Dinners Found in Tohokushinsha Scandal

Economy

Tokyo, May 20 (Jiji Press)--A special investigation committee set up by Tohokushinsha Film Corp. <2329> has newly confirmed dinners in which a senior official of Japan's communications ministry was wined and dined by company executives, it was learned Thursday.

The dinners were not mentioned in a report on the results of the ministry's investigation into the dining scandal.

The latest findings suggest that the then ministry official who oversaw satellite-related business may have been treated to dinner by the Tokyo-based satellite broadcasting company around the time when the company is said to have reported to the ministry about its violation of a foreign ownership rule under the broadcasting law.

The investigation committee, headed by lawyer Shinichiro Inoue, is expected to release the results of its investigation on Monday.

In February this year, the communications ministry said in an investigation report that ministry officials had been wined and dined by Tohokushinsha executives on a total of 39 occasions since 2016. It punished 11 of the officials for violating an ethics code, with some of them getting pay cuts.

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