54 Dinners Uncovered in Tohokushinsha Scandal

Politics Economy

Tokyo, May 24 (Jiji Press)--Officials of Japan's communications ministry were treated to dinners by Tohokushinsha Film Corp. <2329> on 54 occasions between November 2015 and December last year, a report by a special investigation committee set up by the broadcasting company showed Monday.

They included 20 dinner sessions that were not mentioned in a report on the results of the ministry's own investigation into the dining scandal released in February.

All costs related to the 54 dinners were covered by Tohokushinsha, according to the report compiled by the committee, headed by lawyer Shinichiro Inoue.

The report concluded that the dinner sessions were aimed at building relationships with ministry officials and were not intended to make requests related to licensing and other matters in an unfair way.

According to the report, a Tohokushinsha executive visited the then director of the ministry's Satellite and Regional Broadcasting Division, which oversees satellite broadcasting, in August 2017 after the company recognized its violation of a foreign ownership rule under the broadcasting law.

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