It’s all too much. …… In the LDP, there is a widespread sense of dismay about Akira Amari, 72, the secretary general of the LDP.
“In addition to being one of the first to announce his support for Kishida, Amari even criticized Taro Kono, a member of the Aso faction. In Nagatacho, it is customary to send orchids as congratulatory flowers to members of the Diet who hold important positions within the party or who have been appointed ministers.
On October 4, the ministers were chosen, and on October 6, the vice ministers and parliamentary secretaries were also chosen. Naturally, Secretary General Amari sent orchids to each member of the Diet. However, to his surprise, the orchid was a used orchid that had been sent to him.
“Mr. Amari’s office is on the fifth floor of the House of Representatives’ Second Legislative Assembly Building, and Room 518, which is close by, is vacant. Mr. Amari had placed a large number of orchids delivered to him in that room. The desk in room 518 was lined with a large number of orchids, and on the floor there was a large number of wooden tags with the seal “Akira Amari” on them. It was as if it was a ‘used orchid factory.
Normally, orchids are delivered by the vendor who receives the order, but in the case of Mr. Amari, his secretary went around delivering them. In the case of Mr. Amari, his secretary went around delivering the orchid. This magazine actually checked the orchid with the sticker “LDP Secretary-General Akira Amari” on it, but it was not the right size or was applied roughly, and it soon came off.
“The orchid had been delivered to Mr. Amari about a week ago, and some of the flower tips had even withered. The orchid cost about 50,000 yen. If we were to distribute them to more than 60 ministers and parliamentary secretaries, the cost would exceed 3 million yen, so I can understand why they would be a waste. But if that’s the case, why don’t you just not give them as gifts? I’ve never heard of such a thing. It’s a little disturbing to think that this kind of dishonest secretary general is holding the party’s purse.
When this magazine sent a questionnaire to Amari’s office regarding the “suspicion of using orchids,” she replied
“I’m very grateful for the flowers we received from so many people.
Is the use of orchids an eco-conscious act? Or is he just being sly?
From “FRIDAY” November 5, 2021 issue