Hatoyama promises to keep explaining funds scandal ahead of aide's trial

14:09, March 29, 2010      

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Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Monday he will continue to explain a scandal involving his political funds which will see one of his former secretaries, indicted over accounting irregularities, appear in court later in the day.

"I would like to continue to assume my responsibility for explaining the case whenever necessary," Hatoyama told reporters, conceding his answers had not yet fully satisfied the Japanese public's demands for a fully transparent account from the premier of the scandal.

However, Hatoyama stated that he has, thus far, provided explanations "honestly" and that he has no choice but to wait for a judicial decision to be made.

Keiji Katsuba, 59, one of Hatoyama's former state-paid secretaries, is charged with falsifying political funds statements for Hatoyama in violation of the Political Funds Control Law and will appear in front of prosecutors at the Tokyo District Court on Monday afternoon.

Katsuba is expected to admit to the charges of falsifying funds statements for Hatoyama.

Source: Xinhua
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