The person on the giving finish of a bribery scandal handed then-farm minister Takamori Yoshikawa 1 million yen ($9,615) to make it simpler for poultry farmers to borrow from a government-affiliated establishment, sources stated.
The 1 million yen is a part of the 5 million yen that Yoshikawa, as agriculture minister, is suspected of accepting from the highest official of egg producer Akita Meals Co., based mostly in Hiroshima Prefecture.
The official, 87, who has since left the corporate, stated throughout questioning performed on a voluntary foundation that he gave cash to Yoshikawa with the intent to assist the poultry trade, the sources stated. He had additionally served as a senior consultant of the egg trade.
Yoshikawa is believed to have taken the cash on three events: 2 million yen on Nov. 21, 2018; 2 million yen on March 26, 2019; and 1 million yen on Aug. 2, 2019.
On the final two events, the official handed the money to Yoshikawa on the agriculture minister’s workplace within the ministry constructing, in response to the sources near Tokyo prosecutors.
On the Aug. 2, 2019, assembly, the official requested Yoshikawa to make it simpler for cash-strapped poultry farmers to achieve bridge loans from Japan Finance Corp., which is wholly owned by the federal government, the sources stated.
The farm minister has oversight on Japan Finance loans prolonged to the agricultural and fisheries industries.
Throughout their first two conferences, the official repeatedly requested for the farm ministry to oppose a world group’s effort to enhance situations for chickens raised on poultry farms, in response to the sources. From the point of view of animal welfare, the worldwide group criticized Japan for retaining chickens in cages.
Yoshikawa admitted to receiving money from Akita Meals and stated he would return the cash throughout voluntary questioning by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Workplace on Dec. 21, in response to the sources.
A member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Occasion, Yoshikawa served as farm minister between October 2018 and September 2019.
On Dec. 22, Yoshikawa, 70, resigned as a Decrease Home member representing a constituency in Hokkaido, citing poor well being.