Dark Clouds Form Over Secretary of State Maehara, “The Next Prime Minister,” For Illegal Donation From Foreigner

Dark Clouds Form Over Secretary of State Maehara, “The Next Prime Minister,” For Illegal Donation From Foreigner
Yomiuri Shimbun: 前原氏「次の首相」に暗雲…外国人献金問題
Staff Report, March 5, 2011

Secretary of State Maehara received an illegal donation from a foreigner living in Japan, a serious blow to his prospects to succeed Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

This failing of Mr. Maehara, who is part of the group that lifted Kan to power, could also inflict serious damage on the government as a whole.

“Including my time as a member of the Kyoto Assembly, I have been a legislator for 19 years, but I have never made accommodations for a donor,” Maehara stressed at a press conference about his seiji to kane [politics and money] problem on the evening of the 4th.

Mr. Maehara has been one of the harshest critics of Ichiro Ozawa, a fellow party member and former representative who is embroiled in a corruption investigation of his own. The rank and file are saying that “the boomerang Mr. Maehara threw has come back to him.”

With this revelation, some in Maehara’s political group are now saying that “even if Prime Minister Kan resigns, Mr. Maehara shouldn’t run in the next election. He should take a ‘one-term vacation.'”

原稿/Original:

前原氏「次の首相」に暗雲…外国人献金問題

 前原外相が在日外国人から政治献金を受け取っていた問題は、ポスト菅の有力候補と目されていた前原氏にとっては大きなダメージで、進退問題につながる可能性も出てきた。

 グループを挙げて菅首相を支えてきた前原氏の「失点」は、菅政権にとっても大きな痛手となるのは間違いない。

 「(京都)府議を含めて19年ほど議員をしているが、献金を頂いて、便宜を図ったことは一切ない」

 前原氏は4日夕の記者会見で、自らの政治とカネの問題に対する姿勢について、こう強調した。

 前原氏はこれまでも、小沢一郎民主党元代表の政治資金規正法違反事件について、厳しい姿勢を取り続けてきた。党内では「前原氏にはブーメランが戻ってきたようなものだ」(中堅)との受け止めも出ている。

 今回の問題発覚で、民主党の前原外相グループ内からは「仮に菅首相が辞めても、前原氏は次の代表選はあきらめた方がいい。『1回休み』だ」との声も出始めている。
(2011年3月5日09時59分 読売新聞)

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