On the night of Christmas Eve… Inside photos of the “secret wedding” of the “adulterous couple” of the Liberal Democratic Party. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

On the night of Christmas Eve… Inside photos of the “secret wedding” of the “adulterous couple” of the Liberal Democratic Party.

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Mr. Jimi and Mr. Hashimoto held their wedding ceremony (Photo by Toshikatsu Tanaka)

Who is it? A celebrity?”

On December 23, despite the fact that it was the night of the so-called “Christmas Eve,” many worshippers visited the shrine, located in a prime Tokyo location. A wedding ceremony was being held inside the shrine, and there were men in suits and women in dresses. Seeing this, visitors asked, “Who is it? Who? who was it?

The wedding ceremony that day was held for Eiko Jimi, 46, a member of the House of Councilors of the Liberal Democratic Party, and Takeshi Hashimoto, 48, a member of the House of Representatives of the same party. The two, who were then vice minister of health, labor, and welfare and parliamentary vice minister, were reported to have had an affair in the Weekly Bunshun in 2008, in the midst of the new corona pandemic. After that, Hashimoto divorced his wife, and in December of last year, they submitted their marriage certificate. The pallbearer for the ceremony was Yoshitake Yokokura, then president of the Japan Medical Association.

The wedding ceremony took place over a year after the marriage registration was submitted.

The Shinto ceremony, which began a little after 5:00 pm, was attended by about 20 to 30 people. It was clear that only relatives and very close people were invited to the ceremony. Although their expressions occasionally relaxed, perhaps due to nervousness, both Mr. Hashimoto in his montsuki hakama and Mr. Jimi in his white kimono kept their expressions firm throughout the ceremony. The ceremony proceeded in a solemn atmosphere, including the exchange of rings and the drinking of sake to solidify the family.

After about 30 minutes of the Shinto ceremony, everyone moved to the reception hall on the same grounds. Around 6:00 p.m., the guest of honor, Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Katsunobu Kato, entered the reception hall accompanied by several men in suits who appeared to be SPs and secretaries.

The party must have been very lively, because the attendees left the venue before 11 p.m. The two men left the venue shortly afterwards. Soon after, the couple left the venue, got into what appeared to be a family car, and drove away in a friendly mood.

When their affair was first reported in 2008, both of them staunchly denied having anything to do with each other. When their affair was first reported in 2008, both were adamant about denying the affair, and there were even people in the party who defended them. Nevertheless, they registered their marriage at the end of 2009 and even held a wedding this time. The problem with what they did is that the Vice Minister of Health, Labor, and Welfare and the Parliamentary Secretary had an inappropriate relationship in the midst of the new corona. How will they explain this at the time of elections, etc. in the future? It is questionable whether they are aware of themselves as politicians.

The couple is at the height of their happiness after their “secret wedding. However, there are still many obstacles to overcome.

The couple exchanging rings.
Mr. Jimi and Mr. Hashimoto’s expressions were tense, perhaps because they were nervous.
Mr. Katsunobu Kato, who came to the wedding
  • Photo by Toshikatsu Tanaka

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