A former Japanese transport minister, Tomisaburo Hashimoto, has been held on suspicion of receiving a 16.000 U.
A former Japanese transport minister, Tomisaburo Hashimoto, has been held on suspicion of receiving a 16.000 U.S. dollar bribe in the Lockheed payoff scandal. He's the third senior member of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party to be detained.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Hashimoto, who is a member of Japan's lower house of Parliament, was detained on Saturday (21 June). The prosecutors now have up to 20 days to lay formal charges. A former deputy transport minister, Mr. Takayuki Sato, was also held on the same day on suspicion of receiving a 6,6000 U.S. dollar bribe.
The scandal, in which the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation admitted paying out millions of dollars to further the sale of its planes in Japan, broken in February. It has rocked Japan's conservative establishment and plunged the Liberal-Democratic party into the worst crisis of its 21-year history.
Former Prime Minister, Takuei Tanaka was charged last week with receiving more than one and a half million dollars in a bribe from Lockheed. Mr. Hashimoto was transport minister from January 1970 to July 1971 and secretary-general of the Liberal-Democratic Party from then until 1974, during the period Mr. Tanaka was Prime Minister He's suspected of agreeing to postpone the introduction of wide-bodied jets into service with Japanese airlines until All-Nippon Airways was in a position to buy such planes. a statement from the prosecutor's office said he's suspected of receiving a bribe from All-Nippon Airways through a Lockheed agent in Japan.