Komeito pushing to neuter next funding perq

June 15 , 2024

On Jun. 14, Ishii spoke with the press on the need for further reforms to political funding reformsOn Jun. 14, Ishii spoke with the press on the need for further reforms to political funding reforms

On June 14, Komeito Secretary General Keiichi Ishii told reporters that his party will be seeking to institute strict new controls on a state allowance parliamentarians receive for research expenses incurred for policy development, public relations and accommodations. Ishii said Komeito is seeking to regulate and disclose how the ¥1-million monthly allowance—paid in addition to a lawmaker’s regular salary—and that any unspent portion be returned to the state. He called on other political parties to join in the discussion to reform the system as quickly as possible.

Ishii also pointed to the agreement between the Liberal Democratic Party and Japan Innovation Party on lowering the mandatory reporting of tickets sold to patrons at fundraising parties from the previous ¥200,000 to ¥50,000. Because the two parties agreed to a 10-year grace period on disclosing receipts, Ishii said the onus of explaining their reasons behind the agreement to the public, falls on the two parties. He added that portions of the said receipts should not be redacted and disclosed in full.