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The JCP seems to have no intention to let up on the pursuit of the “Cherry Blossom Viewing Party” scandal and says that “cherry-blossom” is going to be in full bloom.
It seems that a parliamentary group of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (JDC), Democratic Party For the People (DPFP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Reviewing Group on Social Security Policy gave Q and A time to JCP member Toru Miyamoto. Reportedly, at a Q & A session of Budget Committee meeting, Mr. Miyamoto will be given “one-hour question time from 13:25 to 14:25 in the afternoon of 28 thanks to the consideration of the parliamentary group of the JDC, DPFP, SDP and Reviewing Group on Social Security Policy.” We can’t wait to see the session.
It is apparent that Abepyon is afraid of being pursued over the “Cherry-Blossom Viewing Party” scandal. His Achilles heel is the guest list said to have been “discarded.” As Nikkan Gendai points out, the guest list has undoubtedly been “saved” and should be recoverable. If this list comes out, I think that the Abe administration will come to an end.
According to the last but one tweet by Ihoujin, “Prime Minister Abe who has already be in no-win situation has no other choice but to admit buying of votes, resign and be brought to justice. Based on common sense, this is exactly true. However, Abepyon does not understand common sense. Although I though he was just a “psychopath” before now, I have come to realize that we are actually fighting with a “mad man.”
January 24, 2020
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English translation of an excerpt from a Japanese article: Nikkan Gendai DIGITAL – January 23, 2020 –
Prime Minister’s self-inflicted answer reveals the evidence that the Cherry-Blossom Viewing Party guest list “truly exists”
[Politics] Prime Minister’s self-inflicted answer reveals the evidence that the Cherry-Blossom Viewing guest list “truly exists”
Prime Minister’s self-inflicted answer reveals the evidence that the Cherry Blossom Viewing guest list “truly exists” by Nikkan …
Over the “the Cherry Blossom Viewing Party” the Cabinet Office has continued to insist that the guest list has been “discarded”, but Prime Minister’s self-inflicted answer ….
Over the “the Cherry-Blossom Viewing Party” with a lot of suspicions, the Cabinet Office has continued to insist that the guest list was “discarded”but Prime Minister’s self-inflicted answer has completely changed the situation. As expected, his answer almost completely disclosed that the guest list has been surely kept.
At the Lower House plenary session on the 22nd, Prime Minister Abe committed a blunder <snip> Prime Minister gave a queer answer: “If the contents of (logs) are clarified, it threatens to encourage to hack (a computer by the third party) and disclosure is a problem in terms of security.”A lot of opinions such as <Impossible> or <We can’t be deceived by such a lie> are seen on SNS.
A little bit of confirmation is enough. They stubbornly stick to “refuse to disclose it.” That’s because there must be no log which indicates to be discarded. In other words, it is highly likely that electronic data in the name list has not been discarded but it has been securely kept.
<The rest is omitted>
English translation of an excerpt from a Japanese article: Mainichi Shimbun– January 19, 2020 –
Other ministry bureaucrats: “Impossible”
Questions arise about mystery of discard of “Cherry Blossom Viewing Party” list by the Cabinet Office
A Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry official raised questions. “A Cherry-Blossom Viewing Party is an official event to invite those who have made achievements or rendered distinguished service in every field to recognize their services. To evaluate whether the budget is appropriate, it is necessary to check whether guests comply with the purpose of the party or not. We must not discard the list which serves as evidence for eligibility.”
A Ministry of Defense official also said, “I can’t believe it because the party is hosted by the prime minister” and did not hide his surprise. He raises a question by saying, “even in an annual event to which the Self Defense Forces invite local people, a list of guests is sure to be kept until next year. If an official in charge is replaced in a personnel transfer, it is impossible to know what kind of person is invited every year and it will cause problems for continuation of the party.”
Not a few bureaucrats have doubt about the possibility that the list has actually not discarded but kept. A Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology official said, “the list is kept as “ ‘private memo’ not treated as official document”…..
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今日から150日の通常国会スタート。毎日新聞は、バックに消えゆく桜色を配して、この記事を一面にもってきてます。ファイトを感じます。 pic.twitter.com/FRkB1lyPqm— 宮本徹 (@miyamototooru) January 19, 2020
The Diet begins its 150 day ordinary diet session from today.
The Mainichi Shimbun makes a front-page report of this article
by using fading cherry blossom color on whole page.
I feel the newspaper’s fighting spirit.
Lawmaker Miyamoto has sought for a material showing the breakdown of the number of guests and the Cabinet Office has insisted on denying the existence of it. As expected, there it was.
内閣府— emil (@emil418) January 22, 2020
フル: https://t.co/MBRhoDbroo pic.twitter.com/trVaX98XwS
“There is no limit on the number of guests”
“Before the Abe administration, there were about 10,000 guests every year. Without limit or data, how did they manage the number of guests? Actually only the quota for prime minister was removed, wasn’t it?
［首相等枠］過半数/「#桜を見る会」疑惑 野党が追及/内閣府が内訳 飲食契約文書も— 日本共産党⚙🌾 (@jcp_cc) January 22, 2020
Japan Communist Party
[quota for prime minister] majority/”#cherry blossom viewing party” scandal
The material offered by Cabinet Office. The number of invitees in 2019, when an allegation of use of cherry blossom viewing party for PM’s personal purposes arose, was 15,420, of which more than half, 8,894 guests were invited by prime minister and others.
政府から正式に招待状が届くより遥か前に、山口４区の有権者に安倍事務所から参加確認が来ていた時点で、買収だと結論が出ているのだから、いつまで「桜」問題に付き合わせるのかというのが正直な感想。とうに詰んでいる安倍首相には、買収を認め辞任し法の裁きを受ける他に残された道は無いのだから。 pic.twitter.com/eTMU9dvEzk— 異邦人 (@Narodovlastiye) January 24, 2020
Constituents in Yamaguchi district 4 had received confirmation letters from Abe Office long before they received official invitation cards from the government. In conclusion, the act has been judged as vote-buying. So, to be honest, until when should we tackle the “cherry blossom” problem? Prime Minister Abe who has already been in no-win situation has no other choice but to admit buying of votes, resign and be brought to justice.
「総理等」枠9000人だの、正式な入場開始前の入場者が8000人だの、 毎日のようにアウトを告げる証拠が湧き出てきて記憶を維持するのが大変だが、昭恵夫人知人会社と内閣府による官製談合紛いの行為や、昭恵夫人枠の存在、そういえば前夜祭で会費を払っていないと証言した人もいた。罪状だらけだ。— 異邦人 (@Narodovlastiye) January 24, 2020
Conflicting data – the quota for “prime minister and others” is 9,000 or the number of attendance before official attendance is 8,000 – has come out day after day. So it is difficult to keep memory. Collusion-like act between the company of Mrs. Abe’s acquaintance and the Cabinet Office, existence of quota for Mrs. Abe and testimony by some people who did not pay fee at the pre-event party. The cherry blossom viewing party is full of charges.