Testimony of former Minister Kawai’s public secretary, “The former minister is the final person in charge of campaigning” September 1, 17:31
The trial of the acquisition case over the House of Councillors election, in which former Minister of Justice Katsuyuki Kawai and his wife, Draftsato, were indicted, began on the first day of the examination of witnesses, and former Minister Kawai’s public secretary testified that “the former minister was the final person in charge of the electoral activities of the drafted legislators.”
Katsuyuki Kawai, 57, the former Minister of Justice, and his wife, Kazusato, 46, a member of the House of Councillors, have both pleaded not guilty after being accused of violating the Public Offices Election Act over last year’s Upper House election.
Prosecutors are seeking the examination of 139 witnesses, and the former minister’s public first secretary stood in court during the witness questioning, which began in Tokyo District Court on the first day.
The first public secretary said of the former minister’s role in the election camp, “I was asking for detailed reports in detail, and I had directed the staff directly. It was the former minister who decided on the hiring and salaries of the election staff, and the former minister was the final person in charge of campaigning for the draft diet members.”
Prosecutors have positioned former Minister Kawai as the “general manager” of his position in campaigning, but the former minister’s lawyer argues at the first trial that he was “not in a position to take control and accept the general election campaign.”
The examination of the witness of the former minister’s public first secretary is scheduled to take place for two days.