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Ex-secretary files complaint against LDP lawmaker over alleged abuse

Ruling Liberal Democratic Party legislator Toru Ishizaki (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- An abuse complaint was filed against ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) legislator Toru Ishizaki, 35, by his former secretary who claims he was subjected to physical and verbal attacks, weekly magazine Shukan Shincho reported online on July 17.

According to the news coverage, Ishizaki dished out complaints about the ex-secretary's driving and repeatedly punched him in the shoulder this spring. The former secretary, in his 30s, obtained a medical certificate and filed a complaint with the Niigata Prefectural Police in June. The man resigned after being allegedly kicked by Ishizaki earlier this month.

Shukan Shincho also released audio data via its website believed to be a recording of Ishizaki's abusive remarks, including, "Go die you idiot," "How many days were you off this month? Go work on your holidays," and, "Bow your head. You're better off dead," as statements constituting power harassment.

The Mainichi Shimbun has been trying to contact Ishizaki's office, but had not received a response as of the evening of July 17.

Ishizaki is a graduate of Keio University's Faculty of Law, and is currently serving his third term as a House of Representatives member after being elected from the chamber's Hokuriku-Shinetsu proportional representation bloc. He was first elected in the 2012 lower house poll, running in the Niigata No.1 electoral district. He was a former member of an intraparty faction led by former LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba, but became unaffiliated in May 2019.

In a similar case, former House of Representatives member Mayuko Toyota left the LDP in 2017 over alleged physical and verbal abuse against her secretary. She unsuccessfully ran as an independent in the October 2017 lower house election.

(Japanese original by Masahiro Tateno, Political News Department)

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