Yamaguchi vice governor faces election violation allegations


Yamaguchi, December 23 (Jiji Press) – Japanese police on Thursday sent documents to prosecutors about Yamaguchi vice-governor Kazuhiko Komatsu for allegedly breaking the law on public office elections in the October 31 general election. .

Komatsu, 65, reportedly encouraged Yamaguchi Prefecture government staff to join a group of supporters of Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, investigative sources said.

Hayashi ran from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Yamaguchi Prefecture No.3 in western Japan in elections to the House of Representatives, the all-important lower house of parliament.

The Law on Elections for Public Offices prohibits the use of his office as a civil servant to participate in electoral activities.

Komatsu joined the prefectural government in 1979. He became vice-governor in April of last year after serving as head of the prefecture’s health and welfare department.

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