“Meeting the cherry blossoms” testimony that conflicts with Prime Minister Abe's response to the Diet of the Prime Minister November 14, 20:02
Issues related to the “Cherry Blossom Viewing Party” hosted by the Prime Minister. When proceeding with interviews with related parties, testimony that differs from Prime Minister Abe's response to the Diet is coming out.
The social gathering the day before the "Sakura viewing party"
First of all, it is a social gathering that was held every year at a hotel in Tokyo where the Prime Minister Abe's support party was called “Eve Night Festival” on the day before “Meeting the Cherry Blossoms”.
The NHK-acquired “Meeting of Cherry Blossoms” statement states that the day before the social gathering was sponsored by Prime Minister Abe ’s support society and the membership fee was 5000 yen. The woman testified that "about 850 people were present".
The Political Funds Control Law requires that when a political organization collects membership fees and opens an event, the balance must be included in the Political Funds Balance Report. The report does not include the balance of income and expenses.
About the social gathering Prime Minister Abe replied at the House of Councilors Budget Committee meeting on the 8th of this month that “Every individual is paying directly to the hotel in relation to the hotel”, and the membership fee is attended. Explanation that each person can receive as paying directly to the hotel side.
“Receive the price in a lump” “Minimum 11,000 yen per person”
Is it possible for each attendee to pay for a party of several hundred people directly to the hotel?
NHK interviewed two hotels in Tokyo where social gatherings were held in the past. In both cases, we were unable to answer individual cases, but “ANA Intercontinental Hotel Tokyo” explained that “party fees are not received individually from attendees in principle, but from the organizers and representatives in a lump” Did.
“Hotel New Otani” replied, “It is up to the case-by-case consultation whether to receive the price individually or in a lump sum,” and asked if there is a party plan with a membership fee of 5000 yen. We can't accept bargaining negotiations from 11,000 yen per person. "
Secretary of the Secretary "There is nothing you can't do for 5000 yen"
The secretary of the secretary of the secretary said that at the press conference on the afternoon of the 14th, the support fee of Prime Minister Abe's support party was held at the night before the “Meeting of Cherry Blossoms” in Tokyo, and the monthly fee was 5000 yen per person. "I don't know because it's the Prime Minister's office, but I think there is nothing I can't do for 5000 yen.
Local councilor “I think I paid to the prime minister's office”
NHK also interviewed several people who attended the social gathering.
Among them, a local assembly member in Yamaguchi who attended the April social gathering said, “The 5000 yen membership fee is a reception set up in front of the venue room, not a hotel employee, but a member of the Prime Minister's office. I ca n’t afford to pay hotel members at such a meeting. ”
On top of that, the member of the parliament said about the 5000 yen membership fee, "I felt it was a little cheaper when I thought it was a party at a hotel."
In addition to this, Prime Minister Abe invites people who have achieved achievements and achievements in various fields based on opinions from various ministries and agencies. “I am not involved”.
However, NHK's “Sakura no Sato Kai” guidance text is about the contents of Prime Minister Abe's office asking for participation from local officials. It is a content that tells you that you have compiled.
Local councilor “I did the job of allocating the recommendation frame”
A local council member who once served as a secretary of the Liberal Democratic Party parliament responded to NHK's interview, and the Prime Minister-sponsored “Meeting the Cherry Blossoms” had a recommendation frame for parliamentarians. I've done a split job. "
According to this local councilor, when serving as a secretary of the Liberal Democratic parliament during the Liberal Democratic Party administration more than ten years ago, there was a recommendation for parliamentarians to attend the “Meeting of Cherry Blossoms” hosted by the Prime Minister. I was informed and was in charge of the task of allocating that space to the supporters of the legislator.
This member of the parliament said, “As a secretary's work, I asked the supporters to participate in the“ Meeting of Cherry Blossoms ”at the direction of the member of the Diet. I was speaking to those who were or who were indebted to me. " On top of that, in response to the question of whether the “Sakura viewing party” is more of a political activity than a public event, he said, “There are many areas where it is difficult to deny even if it is pointed out.”
In addition, after becoming a local councilor, I also testified about the uncomfortable feeling that I felt when I actually participated in the “Cherry Blossom Viewing Party”.
In the area where this member lives, it was said that the local assembly members were rarely invited to the “Meeting the Cherry Blossoms”, but in the last year ’s “Meeting the Cherry Blossoms” awaiting the LDP presidential election. This means that many local members of the LDP, including this member, were invited to the meeting.
This member said, “The fact that local Liberal Democratic members of the Liberal Democratic Party were called before the governor's elections, although they were not usually invited, is a suspicion that it would mean that the support to Prime Minister Abe aiming for the third election. I felt. "
Occurrence of omissions in political fund balance reports
In the event of membership fees held by parliamentary political organizations, omissions in political funds reports often become a problem, and there are many cases in which income reports are corrected.
In December of last year, the political organization of the former Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry “Kazuhide Sugawara Supporting Party” had not listed the income and expenditure of bus trips that collected membership fees from supporters for several years in the political funds balance report. Okay, Mr. Sugawara corrected the income and expenditure report.
At that time, Mr. Hagiwara's office misunderstood that the event was left to the travel agent and the person in charge did not need to report it as the income and expenditure of the sponsorship association. was doing.
In September of last year, the political group “Amoyukai”, a member of the House of Representatives of the Liberal Democratic Party, Shozo Kudo, held a “General Assembly” and “National Political Report Meeting” collected from supporters from 2014 to 2015. However, I found out that I did not list the income and expenditure of these meetings, and I admitted that there was an omission in the statement and amended the income and expenditure report.
In addition, in October of last year, the political organization of Shoichi Kondo, the vice president of the Constitutional Democratic Party, did not include the income of the event held by collecting support fees from supporters in 2014 and 2015 in the income and expenditure report. In December last year, it was found that the income of the party held three years ago by the supporters of the House of Representatives Hiroshi Kawauchi of the Constitutional Democratic Party was not included in the income and expenditure report. I was correcting my report.