Abe faction corrects political fund report in connection with money scandal

The largest faction within Japan's main ruling Liberal Democratic Party has corrected its political fund report in connection with a money scandal. Multiple LDP factions are suspected of failing to declare some revenues from fundraising events and giving kickbacks to members.

The faction previously led by the late Prime Minister Abe Shinzo made the correction on Wednesday. It says it paid about 4.6 million dollars in undeclared faction revenues to its members' offices over the 5 years through 2022.

The faction corrected its report for the last three years of that period, adding about 3 million dollars in revenues.
It also added 2.9 million dollars in its donations to 214 offices of current and former faction members.

The fundraising scandal has led to resignations of Abe faction lawmakers from major government posts, including Cabinet ministers, as well as party executives.

Two parliamentary vice ministers stepped down on Wednesday, saying their offices failed to declare some revenues.

The leader of the largest opposition party urged Prime Minister Kishida Fumio to punish lawmakers caught up in the scandal. Constitutional Democratic Party President Izumi Kenta said, "As the LDP president, why don't you demand all the lawmakers involved in slush funds resign as Diet members? / Aren't you going to expel them from your party or recommend that they leave your party?"

Kishida said, "We are now trying to get to the bottom of what happened. We will consider our response after taking the necessary steps."

Four of the LDP's six factions are disbanding. Some lawmakers are leaving the remaining two factions.