It has been learned that a former deputy mayor of Takahama Town in Fukui Prefecture who's at the heart of a money scandal involving Kansai Electric Power Company worked part-time for its subsidiary for over 30 years. The town hosts a nuclear power plant operated by the utility.
Kansai Electric said last Friday that 20 officials, including top executives, received inappropriate cash and gifts worth 3 million dollars from Eiji Moriyama, who died in March.
It came to light that the utility's wholly owned subsidiary Kanden Plant assigned Morimoto to a part-time consulting position in 1987.
The company provides engineering and management of nuclear power plants.
Moriyama reportedly advised the firm on communicating with local residents about hosting nuclear power plants. The company's officials say what he received from the firm for his job was in line with common sense.
The former deputy mayor is known to have had strong ties with a local construction firm that won a project in the nuclear power business from Kansai Electric.
Kanden Plant terminated its contract with him in December 2018 for reasons of health.