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The Minister of Finance of Japan will return the annual salary because of corruption scandal

And he will take responsibility for the role of his ministry in it.

Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso. Photos Nikkei

Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso said that he will return an annual salary to the treasury due to forgery of documents related to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife. According to Channel News Asia, he also intends to take responsibility for the role of the ministry in the corruption scheme.

Aso condemned the forgery of documents and called it “extremely annoying.”

I voluntarily return my salary to the minister for 12 months, since this problem has violated public confidence in the financial ministry and the government as a whole.

Taro Aso
Minister of Finance of Japan

The edition noted that Aso is the richest minister of the government, since his family owns a mining business. In addition, in his position he receives about 30 million yen (274 thousand dollars a year).

The Ministry of Finance admitted that in 2016 the documents submitted to the parliament on the deal on the sale of state sites were falsified. It is about the materials for the sale of the educational company Moritomo Gakuen, which is connected with the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Akie. The earth was sold at a low price, which raised suspicions. Abe’s wife was to be appointed honorary director of the school, but after the scandal she refused to hold office.

From the documents removed the names of Shinzo and Akie Abe, Deputy Prime Minister Aso and other major politicians. In addition, they removed references to the “exceptional nature” of the transaction and the indication of Abe’s wife to promote the sale of the site.

The investigation showed that the leading role in forging documents was played by the former head of the finance department Nobuhisa Sagawa (Nobuhisa Sagawa). It was he who demanded from the subordinates to remove from them the mention of the ministers. He will be removed from office. As noted by the agency Nikkei, this is the second severely disciplinary punishment for an official. The Japanese prosecutor’s office refused to open a criminal case against him, which aroused opposition from the opposition.

According to the NHK, about 20 more smaller officials will receive different disciplinary punishments, including official reprimands and deductions from wages.

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