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Japan's Former Justice Minister, Wife Arrested on Allegations of Vote-buying

Friday, 19 June 2020 18:16 WIB Global

Prosecutors in Tokyo say former Japanese Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai, and his wife, Anri Kawai, were arrested Thursday over allegations they engaged in vote buying during last year's election.  In a statement, Tokyo prosecutors said the couple paid about $15,900 to five people last year to get her elected in the 2019 upper house election, in which she won a seat. Katsuyuki Kawai, a close political ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, served as justice minister for only a month last year, resigning in October when vote buying allegations first surfaced. He had previously served as a foreign policy adviser to Abe. Both Kawaiis have denied the allegations to Japanese media. At a...

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