Prosecutors to question Japanese PM’s mother

Last Updated: Friday, November 27, 2009 - 13:07

Tokyo: Prosecutors are considering questioning Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama`s mother, 87, over the alleged political donations scandal involving the Premier, sources close to the issue said on Friday.
It has been reported that Hatoyama received a total of JPY 900 million from his mother over five years to 2008 and some of the money may have been recorded under fictitious donors in his political funds reports.

A special squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office is believed to have decided to ask her how she started giving the funds to the Premier, according to the sources.

Meanwhile, the prosecutors have questioned a former policy secretary of Hatoyama on a voluntary basis over the allegations, they said.

The former secretary, who resigned in June, served as treasurer of Hatoyama`s fund-management organisation, the sources said.

The special squad is examining the source of more than JPY 300 million that it believes was falsely declared in Hatoyama`s political funds reports.


First Published: Friday, November 27, 2009 - 13:07

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