According to the reports, the scandal erupted because of the funds that politicians collect through receptions. The LDP has recently come under fire over accusations that five factions understated their fundraising revenues from political parties.

In the aftermath of the scandal, Kishida instructed faction leaders to refrain from holding fundraising parties, but he was increasingly called upon to step down in order to restore confidence in the LDP.

In September, it was reported that the entire Japanese government had resigned.