House of Representatives member Tsukasa Akimoto (49), who was convicted of bribery and bribery of witnesses in a corruption case involving the IR business and sentenced to four years in prison on September 7, announced just before the public announcement that he would not run for the next House of Representatives election.
On October 8, less than two weeks before the public announcement of the Lower House election, Akimoto held a seminar for his supporters at a hotel in Tokyo, where he spoke passionately about his desire to return to national politics.
“The seminar was held at a hotel in Tokyo, and he spoke passionately about his desire to return to national politics. I think there were more than 50 enthusiastic supporters who have been supporting Akimoto for a long time. The fee for the seminar was 20,000 yen,” said a male attendee.
The seminar opened at 18:00. “The seminar opened at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Akimoto came to the stage about an hour late because he had to make a greeting tour of his hometown, and began to speak to the crowd of supporters with an emotionally charged voice.
“I’m really moved and …… and I’m filled with passion as I look at each and every one of your faces. (Squeezing out the words in a trembling voice) That’s what I feel.
He then reiterated his innocence and spoke of his determination for the upcoming House of Representatives election.
“He then reiterated his innocence and expressed his determination for the upcoming House of Representatives election. I feel that this is the toughest election of my life, and it is one that I cannot face half-heartedly. However, for a total of 26 years, including 11 years as a secretary and about 15 years after becoming independent, I have been working from the front to build a country that can leave a strong legacy to our children for the future. During this time, I have held various important positions in the government. I would like to make the most of my experience and fight this election campaign with the strong conviction that I can surely work for the country. That is my desire.
He also revealed his new ambitions based on his own experience.
“My policy has been the economy, but from now on, I must definitely start working on ‘judicial system reform. Above all, what I have experienced has made me realize that false accusations must not be tolerated.
You never know when and if it will happen to you. This is exactly the fear of the judiciary, and there is a great possibility that something you don’t even remember will suddenly happen to you.
And I felt it. Incidents are created. No matter how much an individual shouts, it is difficult for the outside world to hear what is happening. I felt this deeply, too.
I’m not guilty. I’m not guilty…” After appealing to the supporters for about 15 minutes, Akimoto’s seminar came to an end. After the seminar, Akimoto bowed to each of the supporters at the exit of the hall, refrained from shaking hands because of the Corona disaster, and sent them off with elbow touches and gut touches.
“She also handed out paper bags as souvenirs to the supporters who had gathered at the event, containing thank you letters, coffee beans, and a pamphlet appealing for her innocence titled “The Truth You Need to Know.
The man who attended the seminar said that he had made it clear that he would run for the presidency, but gave up at the last minute. The supporters who gathered at the seminar could not hide their dissatisfaction.
“We, too, feel as if we have been let down. The 20,000 yen we paid for the seminar was a complete waste of money.
It is reported that Akimoto is “aiming to return to the LDP after winning an acquittal. I wonder if there will be anyone who will support him until then.