Consumer minister's groups linked to pyramid schemesFunny too how these stories just pop out of the woodwork just when a person is appointed to the Cabinet or becomes Prime Minister.
Two political groups under new consumer affairs minister Kenji Yamaoka received over ¥2.5 million between 2005 and 2008 from businesses and a group involved in a pyramid scheme, his political funding report showed Thursday.
Yamaoka, a member of the Democratic Party of Japan, admitted the groups received the money but said he has recently declined such donations to avoid creating misunderstandings.
According to the report, the DPJ chapter Yamaoka heads in the Tochigi No. 4 district got ¥2.06 million in donations from two Tokyo-based pyramid scheme businesses and a political group that represented the unidentified industry from 2005 to 2008.
In addition, Yamaoka's fund management body got ¥480,000 in 2007 from the political group, mainly in the form of attendance fees for a seminar...(Link).
Makes you kind of wonder what news providers have in the files...and how they justify their not releasing the information they have.