Minister Akiba is suspected of paying around 200,000 yen ($1,400) to his secretaries ahead of the lower house election in October last year, in violation of local election laws. In addition, according to journalists, the funds headed by the Japanese politician transferred some 14 million yen (about $105,000) for office rent to his wife and mother between 2011 and 2020. At the same time, Akiba’s relatives did not declare these income. The press indicates that Tatsuyu Ito, who in the past was in charge of the country’s financial department, could become the new Minister of Reconstruction of Japan.
We add that Kenya Akiba was elected to the Japanese parliament seven times. Previously, she served as an adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan in the Shinzo Abe administration. In August of this year, Akiba-san received the ministerial portfolio for the first time in her career. The politician is a member of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and belongs to the Toshimitsu Motegi faction. The latter holds the position of general secretary of the LDP, and before that he headed the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The head of the Japanese government, Fumio Kishida, is forced to take urgent measures to stop the fall in his cabinet’s ratings. According to a survey by the Nikkei Shimbun newspaper, the level of support for local government has fallen to a critical level of 35 percent. These are two points below the same indicators of the previous month. 57 percent of the study participants disapprove of the activities of the Japanese cabinet. One of the reasons for the unpopularity of the Japanese prime minister’s team was Fumio Kishida’s intention to raise the country’s defense budget to 2 percent of GDP over the next five years by increasing taxes.
Remember that in recent months, Minister of Economic Restoration Daishiro Yamagiva, Minister of Justice Yasuhiro Hanashi, and Minister of Administrative Affairs and Communications Minoru Terada have lost their positions in the Japanese government. The high-ranking Japanese were convicted of various financial violations and for discrediting their ties to the religious organization “Unification Church”, whose activities are the subject of serious criticism from the Japanese population.