Ldp's Seko Took Money From Moriyama - Linked Firm

LDP's Seko took money from Moriyama-linked firm

A senior Japanese lawmaker has been found to have received about 56,000 dollars from a company linked to a former deputy town mayor who gave millions of dollars in gifts to Kansai Electric Power Company executives.

Eiji Moriyama served as deputy mayor of Takahama Town in Fukui Prefecture, which hosts a nuclear plant run by KEPCO. Moriyama gave cash and gifts worth about 3 million dollars to executives of the utility. He died this year.

A political funds report shows that a fund management body for Hiroshige Seko, secretary general for the Liberal Democratic Party's Upper House members, received donations from Yanagida Industries over four years through 2015.

The maintenance firm based in Hyogo Prefecture once employed Moriyama as an adviser.

It received orders for projects worth about 140 million dollars from Kansai Electric and its subsidiaries over five years through fiscal 2018.

Seko's office has told NHK it has no reason to decline donations from an individual supporter, and no intention of returning the money. The office also says Seko never met Moriyama.

An official for Yanagida Industries has told NHK the firm cannot comment because it is not accepting media interviews.