Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Takeda acknowledged that he was having dinner with Honorary Chairman Kasai of JR Central, and that JR Central was also a "related company" of the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications. He emphasized the idea that it does not violate the norm.
Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Takeda attended a dinner instructed by Honorary Chairman Kasai of JR Central last November, and revealed that NTT President Sawada and others were also present.
Regarding this, Minister Takeda said at the General Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives on the 22nd, "I think that JR Central is a" related company "of the Minister's Code because it has received a license from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, but the attendees gave a specific license. We have never received any requests regarding such matters, and it is not a meeting that violates the Ministerial Code. "
In addition, the Constitutional Democratic Party said, "At that time, the government was discussing a budget plan related to communication technology that is also used for the linear Shinkansen, and did you decide not to go to dinner as the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications?" In response to the point, Minister Takeda said, "It is possible for each minister to have his own ethical standards and moderation, and to attend the meeting with a firm attitude and behavior."