February 5th. The eldest son of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who served as a high-level company in a large company, was recently exposed to “political and business collusion” and was suspected of improperly hosting officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, which caused a public outcry.
On the 5th local time, Yoshihide Suga, who was repeatedly questioned by the opposition parties, responded again to the matter.
Based on reports from Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun and Jiji News Agency, Yoshihide Suga made a defense at the Budget Committee of the Japanese House of Representatives on the 5th local time .
When asked whether his eldest son had repeatedly received officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, he said “because of Now it is investigating, I shouldn’t be involved in this matter” and avoided making a clear statement.
He also said that he is currently “not sure of the full picture of (the incident)” and said that “the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will make judgments based on the rules after confirming the factual relationship.”
On the 4th, the director of the Information Circulation Administration Bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, who was accused of having accepted the banquet, attended the defense, acknowledging that the dinner was true, saying that he had not paid the fee on that day.
Yoshihide Suga emphasized that he was “ignorant” about the reception.
Yoshihide Suga said that after the incident was exposed, he received a call from his eldest son, telling him that if the company he works for is conducting an investigation, he “should respond in a practical manner based on the facts.” Yoshihide Suga also emphasized that he and the eldest son are “different individuals.”
Japanese Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Takeda Ryota apologized at the press conference on the morning of the 5th, saying: “I am deeply sorry for the incident that caused the people to suspect this time.” In addition, he also made it clear that he has instructed the provincial staff to take action to rectify discipline.
According to a report in Japan’s “Bunharu Weekly” on the 3rd, Suga Yoshihide’s eldest son, Suga Masasu, has improperly hosted banquets and gifts to senior officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications from October to December 2020.
From 2006 to 2007, Masatake Suga served as Secretary of the Minister of General Affairs, and Yoshihide Suga was then Minister of General Affairs of Japan.
In 2008, Suga entered the Tohoku News Agency, which is engaged in satellite broadcasting and TV program production-related businesses, as an executive of the company and director of a group subsidiary.
Japanese media have pointed out that the Tohoku News Agency once provided Yoshihide Suga with a political donation of 5 million yen.