The Tokyo head office of Tokushukai Group as well its affiliate medical facilities were raided on Tuesday as the group’s employees are suspected of conducting illegal campaigns for Japan’s general election held last December. According to the prosecutors, the employees of the Tokushukai Group participated in election campaigns for Takeshi Tokuda, a member of the winning Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and whose father serves as the president of the company.
Based on investigations, more than 200 employees took part in Tokuda’s election campaign until the 15th of December. Although the employees were not paid when they took leave from work in order to participate in the campaign, the medical group is believed to have compensated them by increasing their bonuses. However, such practice is considered illegal according to the Public Office Election Law.
With the number of Tokushai Group employees involved, the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office said it will also investigate the involvement of Torao Tokuda, who is also the Chairman of Tokushukai Medical Corporation, as well as Takeshi Tokuda himself. If affirmative, it will also be sought as to what extent both have been involved. The younger Tokuda served as the secretary of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism until his resignation on February 4 this year because of a sex scandal.
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