Thursday, November 16, 2006

Step 1) Insert Hand in Cookie Jar

New endangered species discovered in Japan: the unindicted prefectural governor.

Wakayama Governor Kimura faces arrest
The Asahi Shimbun

11/16/2006--OSAKA--Prosecutors on Wednesday obtained an arrest warrant for Wakayama Governor Yoshiki Kimura, who faces the dubious distinction of becoming Japan's first incumbent governor arrested for suspected involvement in bid-rigging.

Kimura, 54, on Nov. 2 expressed his intention to resign to take responsibility for confusion in the Wakayama prefectural government related to the suspected collusion. He is expected to step down Dec. 2.
I wonder if Kimura is not feeling at least a little spark of pride at being the first in something.

Honestly, it really requires a special level of ineptitude to get yourself arrested for dangō offenses committed in 2004. I mean, it has been less than a year since the four major construction companies took the plunge and swore they would give up illegal bid-rigging.

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