Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.
I was wondering what would have compelled a Ministry of Health, Welfare and Labour bureaucrat in his mid-thirties to go out and forge a document certifying that a gang of grizzled grifters was running a handicapped persons group, just so these criminals could then turn around sell the privilege of using postal rates reserved for the handicapped to companies doing mass mailings.
Would being ostensibly leaned on by your superior and possibly the offices of a couple members of the Diet be compelling enough?
Denials everywhere--but this has the potential to become ugly. The prosecutors already did a forcible search of the Ministry's Osaka offices yesterday.
To fall so far for so little money: it all reminds me all too much of the arrest and imprisonment of the powerful money magnet U.S. Representative Dan Rostenkowski over the misuse of a few thousand dollars' worth of House mailing privileges.
Storm clouds gathering in the South China Sea
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