Yamaguchi Vice Governor Faces Election Breach Allegations

Society

Yamaguchi, Dec. 23 (Jiji Press)--Local police Thursday referred Yamaguchi Vice Governor Kazuhiko Komatsu to public prosecutors on charges of violating the public offices election law.

According to the Yamaguchi prefectural police, Komatsu, 65, is suspected of asking five senior officials of the prefectural government to have their junior staff members join a supporters' group for Yoshimasa Hayashi, now foreign minister. The officials successfully recruited more than 10 by early May.

Hayashi ran from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the No. 3 constituency of the western Japan prefecture in the Oct. 31 election for the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of parliament.

The law prohibits public servants from using their positions for campaigning.

Komatsu has admitted to the charges, investigative sources said, adding that he also has indicated that he did similar misconduct in the past.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press