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Yoshimi Watanabe

is a Japanese politician, formerly of the Liberal Democratic Party and currently of the President of Your Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Nasu District, Tochigi and graduate of Waseda University and Chuo University, he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1996.
His father was Michio Watanabe, a popular political figure "Mittchiee". From October 2007 to August 2008, Yoshimi served as Minister of State for Financial Policy and Administrative Reform in Yasuo Fukuda's cabinet. He appears in "Takeshi-no-TV-tackle", a humorous political discussion show hosted by comedian Takeshi Kitano. » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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EDITORIAL: Time to plug loopholes to ban 'borrowing' by politicians
2014-04-28
Your Party, a minor opposition party, announced the results of its investigation on April 24 in relation to former party leader Yoshimi Watanabe's borrowing of 800 million yen (about $7.8 million). To our surprise, the report revealed that he borrowed ...
(Asahi Shimbun)

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    Spending unaffected by sales tax hike for over 60% of shoppers: poll
    2014-04-12
    Further, the survey showed that 86.1 percent are not satisfied with former Your Party head Yoshimi Watanabe's explanation of his money scandal. Watanabe resigned as head of the minor opposition party to take responsibility for unreported loans from a ...
    (The Japan Times)

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      Asao takes helm of Your Party
      2014-04-11
      Embattled Your Party on Friday formally appointed Secretary-General Keiichiro Asao as its new president after its image was tarnished by an ¥800 million money scandal involving founder Yoshimi Watanabe, who resigned. Asao, who announced his ...
      (The Japan Times)
      1. Asao picked as new leader of Your Party
      2. Your Party picks Asao as new leader
      3. Asao takes helm of Your Party

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      Asao to become Your Party leader Fri.
      2014-04-10
      The party's former leader, Yoshimi Watanabe, announced Monday he was stepping down amid a scandal over unreported loans from a corporate executive totaling 800 million yen. Asao indicated he will not assign Watanabe any executive post, telling ...
      (GlobalPost)
      1. Veteran lawmaker throws hat into ring for Your Party leadership race
      2. Asao faces many challenges in leading Your Party
      3. Founding member runs for vacated Your Party leadership post

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      Japan lawmaker resigns over US$8 mln loan scandal
      2014-04-08
      TOKYO: A senior Japanese politician has announced he is resigning as his party's leader, despite insisting that he spent an undeclared US$8 million loan not on politics but on personal items — including an ornamental rake. Yoshimi Watanabe, the latest ...
      (The Borneo Post)
      1. Your Party leader's explanations about massive loans riddled with contradictions

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      Yoshimi Watanabe quits as leader of Your Party over cash scandal
      2014-04-08
      A senior Japanese politician has announced his resignation as his party's leader, despite insisting that he spent an undeclared US$8 million loan not on illicit political purposes, but on personal items, supposedly including an ornamental rake. Yoshimi ...
      (South China Morning Post)
      1. Your Party chief Watanabe to quit amid scandal
      2. Watanabe loan money 'put in wife's account'
      3. Japan lawmaker resigns over $8 mn loan scandal

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      Watanabe should come clean
      2014-04-01
      Your Party chief Yoshimi Watanabe's lame excuse that he borrowed ¥800 million as a “private loan” from a cosmetics firm chairman and spent the money on unspecified nonpolitical expenses only adds to people's distrust of the often opaque sources of ...
      (The Japan Times)
      1. Watanabe e-mailed ¥500 mil. loan request

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      Watanabe must give solid, believable account of how ¥800 million was used
      2014-03-28
      It has come to light that Yoshiaki Yoshida, chairman of the cosmetics company DHC Corp. and a supporter of Your Party leader Yoshimi Watanabe, loaned the politician ¥300 million about two weeks before the 2010 House of Councillors election and another ...
      (The Japan News)
      1. GINTONG ANTING-ANTING? | Japanese lawmaker: I spent $8-M undeclared ...
      2. Japan lawmaker spends US$8m undeclared loan on lucky charm

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      Your Party leader borrowed huge sum of money, but didn't list it
      2014-03-27
      The money was loaned in separate amounts by Yoshiaki Yoshida, 73, to 62-year-old Yoshimi Watanabe prior to the 2010 Upper House election and before the Lower House election in 2012. Watanabe could be found in violation of the Political Funds Control ...
      (Asahi Shimbun)
      1. Your Party leader allegedly borrowed 800 mil. yen without reporting
      2. Your Party leader borrowed huge sum of money, but didn't list it

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