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6 Japan gov't officials punished for dining with former egg-firm head in bribery scandal

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is seen in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward in this May 10, 2019 file photo. (Mainichi/Kenji Yoneda)

TOKYO -- The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries punished six officials for dining with the former head of major egg producer Akita Foods Co. and a former farm minister, both of whom have been indicted without arrest over a bribery scandal related to the company.

    The ministry dished out the punishments to Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Masaaki Edamoto and five other senior bureaucrats on Feb. 25 for violating the ethical code under the National Public Service Ethics Act. The officials are accused of attending dinner meetings with the ex-head of the egg producer and former farm minister Takamori Yoshikawa while not paying.

    The former Akita Foods head had lobbied Japanese politicians and the agriculture ministry to seek favorable treatment for the industry.


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