Japan's Lawmakers Earned Average $245,000 In 2018

Japan's lawmakers earned average $245,000 in 2018

Members of Japan's parliament had an average income of nearly 245,000 dollars in 2018, an increase from the previous year.

Both houses of the Diet released the annual incomes of 698 lawmakers on Monday. Data on some members, including those who won Lower House by-elections in April, were excluded.

Calculations by NHK show Lower House members earned 254,000 dollars on average last year. The figure is 227,000 dollars for Upper House lawmakers.

One Liberal Democratic Party member of the Lower House, Jiro Hatoyama, had by far the largest income of more than 16 million dollars. He reported income from stock sales.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is president of the ruling LDP, earned the most among the party leaders, with 371,000 dollars.

The president of the largest opposition Constitutional Democratic Party, Yukio Edano, earned 204,000 dollars.

The president of the Democratic Party For the People, Yuichiro Tamaki, made 191,000 dollars. The leader of Komeito, the LDP's junior coalition partner, had income of 205,000 dollars.

The chairperson of the Japanese Communist Party, Kazuo Shii, earned 187,000 dollars, and the Diet affairs leader of Nippon Ishin, Toranosuke Katayama, had 206,000 dollars in income.

The leader of the Social Democratic Party, Seiji Mataichi, reported income of 184,000 dollars.