During a long and intense deliberation session at the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly, Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose changed a few details of his original story about the money he received as “loan” from the scandal-hit Tokushukai hospital group. Inose admits to receiving 50 million yen (approx. US$486,000) as a personal loan, but he claims he did not use it in his successful run for governorship of Tokyo in December 2012.
But, as they say, the devil is in the details, and during the session where he was questioned repeatedly about his transaction with Tokushukai, Inose seems to have changed his story. Previously he said that when he received the money from House of Representative member Takeshi Tokuda, son of Torao Tokuda, the former chief of Tokushukai, in November of last year, he put it in a safety box where he did not touch it until September of this year. When he found out about the investigation into the group because of illegal electoral practices, he said he asked his secretary to return the money immediately.
But now he says that when he won the election in December, he transferred the money near his home in western Tokyo so he could return it easier. He canceled the lease for a safety deposit box in central Tokyo and transferred it to another deposit box. The documents submitted to the committee showed he leased a box under his wife’s name at the Aoyama Branch of the Hachijuni Bank in Minato Ward the day before he received the money from Tokuda in November. Then records also showed that he changed his safety deposit box to a larger one at the Bank of Yokohama’s Tsukushino Branch in May of this year. Another discrepancy in his original story is that he said his secretary returned the money on September 26, not on the 25th.
[ via Mainichi ]