Meeting to see the cherry blossoms The problem of the eve of the festival
Problems surrounding the “Eve Festival” held by the Prime Minister Abe ’s support day the day before “The Cherry Blossom Viewing Party” The opposition party is preparing to investigate thoroughly, such as “I have never heard in Japan after the war that there is no statement”. What is the structure of the party at the hotel in the first place? I asked the hotel companies in Tokyo.
Prime Minister Abe explained three times
"Eve night festival" of the party to see cherry blossoms that the opposition party is pursuing. Prime Minister Abe explained three times this month on the 15th and 18th of this month.
According to it, about 800 people attended the “Eve Festival”. Regarding the membership fee, he explains, “The membership fee of 5000 yen is the price set by the hotel based on the fact that the majority of the guests are hotel guests.”
And the payment method is as follows: “At the entrance of the venue, the staff at the Abe office collected 5,000 yen per person and handed the receipt in the name of the hotel on the spot. Participants were paid to the hotel in the form of handing them to the hotel. "
Prime Minister Abe explained that the price for the “Eve Night Festival” was not paid by the political organization “Shinzo Abe Supporters”, but was paid by individual participants to the hotel. There is no balance of offices and supporters' associations, and there is no obligation to include them in the political funds balance report.
He also explained that the statement with the total amount of party fees, etc. was confirmed by the office but there was no such thing.
Hotel New Otani "I can't say anything"
In response to this explanation by Prime Minister Abe, “Hotel New Otani”, which was the venue for the third consecutive year, replied that the membership fee and the payment method for the party fee are all unclear.
Hotel "Principle receives payment from organizer in principle"
In the first place, what is the general structure of a party at a hotel? NHK interviewed five other hotels in Tokyo, where the parliamentary political funding party was held in the past.
First, I asked if the participants would pay the hotel for the party of several hundred people.
All five hotels responded, “As a general rule, we will collect payment from the organizer in principle.”
Among them, “Imperial Hotel” explained that “In the case of a party organized by the hotel, the participants can pay for it individually, but otherwise, the organizer will pay in a lump sum”.
“Okura Tokyo” explains, “Because the party's fee is to prevent troubles such as miscalculations, the organizer will always issue a statement of the total amount and receive payment together.”
Issuing a receipt before payment is over ... “No”
Next, I asked if the hotel would issue a receipt to the participants before the party payment was over.
5 hotels answered “No”.
Of these, “ANA Intercontinental Hotel Tokyo” replied, “It is not normal to issue a receipt when the number of participants is unknown.”
"Okura Tokyo" will be issued after confirming that the receipt has been completed and there is no chin with the statement. It is an accounting principle to issue a receipt when the amount has not been finalized. It ’s not possible. ”
Statement "Issued to the organizer in principle"
I also heard about the party statement issued by the hotel.
All five hotels replied, "As a general rule, parties will issue a statement to the organizer." The organizers replied that they can be reissued even if they lost their statement.
“ANA InterContinental Hotel Tokyo” replied, “The retention period of the statement is about 7 years in the company and there is a history, so it can be issued retroactively if requested.” .
“Imperial Hotel” explains, “The shelf life is 7 years, requested by the organizer, and can be verified if it can be verified.”