Japanese PM supports idea of discussion on corporate donations

10:21, February 06, 2010      

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Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Friday advocated a swift conclusion to discussions about a ban on corporate donations to political parties in light of a number of scandals that have cast the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in a bad light just months into its first tenure in government.

Both the prime minister and Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa have been embroiled in scandals that have seen them being investigated over the origins of donations after it was discovered that the offices of the politicians had falsely reported on this.

"We must take a close look at the Political Funds Control Law," Hatoyama said. "I hope the parties can come to an agreement on this issue as soon as possible."

Hatoyama's remarks came a day after lawmaker Tomohiro Ishikawa was indicted for his role in an undeclared land purchase on behalf of Ozawa in 2004.

The DPJ aims to put in place a law that puts a ban on corporate donations to political parties, in an attempt to weed out corruption in parliament.

"We must eliminate the roots of the problem," Hatoyama said, apologizing once again for his involvement in a funds scandal.

In his weekly newsletter, the prime minister also emphasized the need to prevent future occurrences of funds scandals.

"I myself will strive to make politicians straighten up on their own and to conduct an open debate on the nature of political funding, so as to make it more transparent and trustworthy from the public perspective," he wrote.

Source:Xinhua
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