The second Kishida cabinet has been formed, and lawmakers have returned to the Diet. Some “former lawmakers” were unable to return. And in the constituencies where there were fierce election battles, “overzealous campaigning” due to a sense of crisis has been pointed out.
One of the most shocking cases was the issue of the “5,000 yen per diem” paid to Fumino Kunimitsu, a LDP-approved assemblyman from Ibaraki’s 6th district. On October 26th and 27th, when Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to support her, a large number of “cherry pickers” were reportedly mobilized and paid “5,000 yen per person” as a daily allowance. Smart FLASH” and “Shukan Bunshun” reported the story with “receipts as proof” one after another.
This issue is strongly suspected to be a violation of the Public Offices Election Law (voter bribery), in which support groups distribute cash during election activities. In addition, several voters admitted to receiving the cash and said that they took it as a request to vote.
Vaccination: “Grandma, do you know who I am? and
And “this is not the only allegation of election fraud,” FRIDAY Digital received an accusation from Ibaraki Ward 6. The witness is a voter in Komitama City. Kunimitsu is a licensed physician, which is one of his strong points.
“I think it was in June of this year. “I think it was in June this year,” he said, “Ms. Fumino Kunimitsu was at the city’s vaccination site. I think it was in June this year,” she said. “Ms. Fumino Kunimitsu was at the city’s vaccination site, wearing a white coat as the ‘doctor in charge of the medical interview. When she interviewed the elderly voters, she asked them, “Do you know me, Grandma? Please remember my name. A number of citizens and staff members who were around me heard that ‘activity’. I thought this might not be a good idea, so I contacted the Komidama City Office.
A carrier of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, who learned of the incident, sounded an alarm.
“Election campaigning is defined as ‘any necessary and advantageous act directly or indirectly for the purpose of obtaining votes for a specific candidate to be elected,’ and the period of election campaigning is defined as ‘from the day on which the candidate files a notification to the day before the date of the election’ (Public Offices Election Law, Article 129). Article 129 (Article 129 of the Public Offices Election Law). In other words, “activities” outside of this period may be in violation of this provision.
In addition, violators may be subject to imprisonment of up to one year or or a fine of not more than 300,000 yen. A person who violates this provision shall be punished by imprisonment of not more than one year or a fine of not more than 300,000 yen (Public Office Election Law, Article 239). Article 239 Article 239, Section 1 Article 239, Paragraph 1, Item 1 (Public Offices Election Law, Article 239, Paragraph 1, Item 1), and the right to vote and be elected is suspended (Public Offices Election Law, Article 252). Article 252 Article 252, Paragraph 1 Paragraphs 1 and 2 (Article 252, Paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Public Offices Election Law).
Impatience of Kishida’s “parachute candidates
Mr. Kunimitsu, a candidate of the Kishida faction, was born in Suo-Oshima Town, Yamaguchi Prefecture. He is a brilliant man who graduated from Nagasaki University School of Medicine and completed a doctorate at Tokyo Medical and Dental University. He worked at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare before entering politics, and was first elected in 2017. During the period of the spread of the new corona infection, he is said to have used his knowledge as a doctor to offer opinions on measures to combat corona.
However, Mr. Kunimitsu is a parachute candidate. He had little connection to his hometown and was facing a fierce campaign against the opposition unification candidate, Mr. Taijin Aoyama. I wonder if his campaign had a sense of crisis that they were willing to pay “5,000 yen per day” to mobilize cherry-pickers. Are the allegations, reminiscent of former Prime Minister Abe’s cherry-picking problem, a “royal road” for the “LDP = my party,” where anything is possible to secure one’s own food supply?
Prime Minister Kishida strongly pressed then-Secretary-General Nikai to take responsibility for the “Kawai Kori bribery incident” that occurred in his home district of Hiroshima. Now, how does Prime Minister Kishida perceive this “group takeover” in which he was “mobilized” and paid a “daily wage” for his street proclamation? From the public’s point of view, it is an inexplicable incident.
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It should be noted that Mr. Kunimitsu’s “white-coat activity” was not a one-time event.
When I contacted the Health Promotion Division of Komitama City, they told me
“Dr. Kunimitsu has helped us three times at the vaccine site. June 24 June 24 June 24 From 14:00 to June 24, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. July 24, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the city’s Ogawa Cultural Center, Apios. July 15 July 15 and July 15 and 29 July 15 and 29, respectively. July 15th and 29th. from 13:00 to 15:00 On the 29th, we had a two-hour session from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Cosmos Lifelong Learning Center.
At that time, I was mainly inoculating the elderly. I heard that he was a friendly and unassuming doctor.
We didn’t do such a big thing as asking for help as a city. Dr. Kunimitsu asked me to come, so I did.
As part of my duties, I was asked to do a preliminary examination before the vaccination. There are posters all over the city, so some people may have noticed that I am Dr. Kunimitsu. … There are posters all over the city.
The gratuity, or rather the payment, was calculated on an hourly basis for a total of seven hours. The amount is…. This is the amount stipulated by the medical association. The number of vaccinations in the city is decreasing, so I don’t think we’ll be asking for more in the future.
The “market price” for vaccinations in the southern part of Ibaraki Prefecture is said to be 17,000 yen per hour. “This is much more expensive than the 5,000 yen per day rate. Another city official, however, expressed his discomfort, saying, “I don’t feel right.
“It was in June or July, when the term of office of the House of Representatives was about to expire, the support rate of the Yoshihide Kan administration was declining, and dissatisfaction with the Liberal Democratic Party was erupting. Mr. Kunimitsu’s act was to use his status as a doctor as a weapon to “barge in” to participate in vaccinations in the name of “cooperation” in Komi Tama City. At the vaccination site in the former Tamasato Village area, which is in Ms. Kunimitsu’s constituency. At the vaccination site in the former Tamasato village area, which is in Ms. Kunimitsu’s district, she wore a large name tag on her chest that read ‘Ayano Kunimitsu,’ told people her name, and asked them to remember her.
We contacted Mr. Kunimitsu’s office to confirm the facts. We were not able to interview him directly, but he sent us a fax in which he admitted that he had been “dispatched by the local medical association to work on vaccinations ” and “replied” that it was “not a pre-election campaign that could be inferred. Whether or not this is pre-election campaigning or an election violation should be in accordance with the provisions of the Public Offices Election Law, but Kunimitsu, who is facing the issue of “5,000 yen per person per day,” may not be able to focus on that right now.
The Kishida cabinet started the general election with lightning speed. While the new cabinet’s “celebratory approval rating” was not expected, fierce battles were fought across the country, and a number of so-called “big names” were eliminated. The LDP, whose incumbent Justice Minister committed election fraud. I wonder if the Ibaraki 6th district is the only one suspected of “violating the Public Offices Election Law” in this general election…
Reporting and writing： Shutaro Iwashiro Photo: Yoshio Tsunoda/Afro： Yoshio Tsunoda/Afro