On April 6, the supplementary election for the Oita electoral district in the House of Councillors was announced.
The election was held to fill the vacancy left by Mr. Sumi Adachi, who won the House of Councillors election in ’19 and ran for Governor of Oita Prefecture. After an open recruitment process, the LDP officially approved Aki Shirasaka, 56, who is a mama at the famous club “Inaba” in Ginza, Tokyo. From the opposition, Tadatomo Yoshida, 67, a former member of the House of Councillors of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, is running for the seat, creating the appearance of a one-horse race between the ruling and opposition parties.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at a press conference on March 17,
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at a press conference on March 17, “I recognize that the five supplementary elections for the lower house and the upper house are important elections that may have an impact on national politics in the future.
The results of the Oita supplementary elections for the House of Councillors, which started prior to the four supplementary elections for the House of Representatives, are expected to have a significant impact on the timing of the dissolution of the House of Representatives.
Mr. Shirasaka was born in Oita Prefecture. While a student at Waseda University, he began his career in the water business and worked as a mama in Ginza for many years.
He was also a member of the Oita Prefectural People’s Association, so members of the Diet elected to Oita sometimes used Mr. Shirasaka’s restaurant. In the current public campaign, Diet members Seijiro Eto and Takeshi Iwaya strongly supported Mr. Shirasaka. During the election campaign, the Abe faction, to which both Seijiro Eto and Chenichi Eto belong, mobilized their secretaries. If Mr. Shirasaka is elected, he will join the Abe faction,” said an official with the Oita Prefectural Federation.
Despite the LDP’s high hopes for Mr. Shirasaka, a certain commotion is reportedly brewing in his hometown, Oita, before the April 23rd vote. A “suspicious document” describing Mr. Shirasaka’s “past” has been leaked to those in the know.
The document obtained by this magazine reads as follows
The actual story is that he befriended my father, who was the managing director of an air conditioning installation company listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and used the money he swindled from him to open (Inaba).
According to the “suspicious letter,” Shirasaka had an affair with the father of the document’s sender after he was fired from the snack bar where he worked as a student. Later, the sender’s father was cheated out of his retirement funds by her.
The “suspicious letter” was mailed to various parties, mainly local prefectural assembly members, and there seem to be several versions of its contents. It is true that some voters in the prefecture have asked, ‘What does a Ginza mom know about Oita? Since these documents were distributed amidst this situation, some people believe that the opposition forces may be harassing the voters.
When we asked Shirasaka’s office about the contents of the “suspicious document,” he replied, “I don’t know about the existence of the document at all,
When we interviewed Shirasaka’s office about the contents of the “suspicious document,” he replied, “I have no knowledge of the document. （I have no knowledge of it (the existence of the document), and I don’t think it is a document that can be trusted, even before asking whether or not it is true (as to its contents).
The “suspicious document” was even mentioned.
The supplementary elections for the House of Councillors’ district elections, in which even a “dubious document” was found. How will this important election, which will determine the future political situation, turn out?
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