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Mysterious Death of Japan Constitutional Democratic Party Member Concealed Embezzlement of Political Activity Expenses

He did not show up on the day of his meeting with the council chairman. ......

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Mr. Kozaka was found to have passed away on May 24 (image from his website)

According to a report by FRIDAY Digital, Toshihito Kozaka, a member of the Toshima Ward Council, passed away on May 24. He was 57 years old and a member of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan faction of the Toshima Ward Assembly.

 In the morning of the 27th, the secretary-general of the faction brought a paper with the obituary of Mr. Kozaka. It said, “Mr. Kozaka passed away while he was recuperating from an illness.”

After graduating from the School of Commerce at Waseda University in 1988, Mr. Kozaka worked for a company that developed and operated golf courses and ski resorts, and for an insurance agency before being elected to the Toshima Ward Council for the first time in 2011. During his unsuccessful campaign, he worked for a non-profit organization and engaged in welfare for the disabled, and was known as an energetic ward assemblyman who was a human rights activist, working on a resolution to eradicate sexual violence in the assembly.

Although he is said by those involved to be “recovering from an illness,” there are in fact many mysteries surrounding Kozai’s death. A person related with the Toshima Ward Council speaks of his death.

On May 23, a meeting was scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. between Kozaka and the council chairman, vice chairmen, and others. However, when the time came, Mr. Kozaka did not show up. It was an important meeting, so we contacted the people involved and were informed by the police that Mr. Kozaka had attempted suicide at his home.

  Mr. Kozaka was rushed to emergency from his apartment in Toshima Ward around noon the same day (the Ikebukuro Fire Department told FRIDAY Digital, “There is no doubt that an ambulance was dispatched to that address during that time period.) Kozaka’s condition was thought to have temporarily improved, but he passed away in the early hours of the 24th.

A source in the ward assembly continued, “Mr. Kozaka was under suspicion. It was suspected that he had misappropriated political activity funds for his own personal use. The political activity expenses of the three members of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) faction in the Toshima Ward Council were transferred in a lump sum to an account controlled by Kozaka, in the amount of 1.35 million yen for three months. Late last year, one of these councilors became suspicious that his office rent had not been deducted from his account for two consecutive months, and he began investigating.

In January of this year, the counselor, through his lawyer, asked Mr. Kozaka to disclose the records of the account’s receipts and disbursements. At the end of March, a response from Mr. Kozaka was received which contained the following information.

“Of the 1.35 million yen in political activity expenses, approximately 1.15 million yen was used to pay off my credit card loan.”

Mr. Kozaka had been actively involved in issues such as the welfare of the handicapped and sexual assault. (image from his website)

There was a big commotion within the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan when it was discovered that he had used his tax-funded political activity expenses to pay off his own debts. A source within the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) said.

Mr. Kozaka turned himself in to the Ikebukuro police station in mid-April and was questioned by the police. We don’t know for what reason he was in debt, but this is an embezzlement of taxpayers’ money. Despite this, it seems that Kozaka had no intention of quitting at first.

Because of the magnitude of the situation, some members of the party had urged him to resign, hold a press conference, and disclose the incident. In late April, a member of the lower house of the party threatened a lawmaker who was actively trying to publicize the issue, saying, “If you pursue this issue any further, we will not recognize you in the next election.”


Since the incident came to light at the end of March, there has been a dispute within the Rikken Democrats over whether Kozaka would resign and whether he would make the matter public. It was scheduled for May 23 to discuss Kozaka’s future at a meeting with the chairman of the ward assembly and others. However, Mr. Kozaka did not show up for the meeting that day, and it was learned that he had passed away.

When we requested an interview with the DPJ, they responded that the Tokyo Metropolitan Federation would handle the matter, but we did not receive a response by the deadline (we will add the response when we receive it).

As for Mr. Kozaka’s death, we would just like to pray for his repose. However, shouldn’t the DPJ provide a proper explanation for this alleged embezzlement?

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