Fans allegedly distributed by Matsushima prove hot auction items
Fans touted as having been distributed by ex-justice minister Midori Matsushima in his Tokyo constituency are fetching more than 10,000 yen on a major internet auction site.
The “uchiwa” began appearing on Yahuoku (Yahoo Japan’s online auction site) shortly after the Democratic Party of Japan began attacking Matsushima during a Diet session on October 7. She resigned because of the scandal on Monday.
The PDJ alleged that distributing the promotional items may violate the Campaigns Act, which prohibits giving any goods to voters, even something seemingly as trivial as a cheap fan. Matsushima was forced to resign on Monday.
A fan brought in 16,500 yen at an auction that ended on October 13. More than 10 were on Yahuoku at the same time on Monday, with prices reaching several thousand yen.
The items auctioned were broadly of the same design as the one the PDJ opposed to the Diet.
One vendor presented the offer as “the uchiwa amid heated debate, suspected of violating election campaign law,” while another said: “I received it at a festival dance Good “.
Matsushima was elected to the Lower House of Tokyo’s No.14 District, which includes the Sumida and Arakawa wards.
According to documents submitted to the Diet, she spent 1.74 million yen on 21,980 uchiha from 2012 to 2014. The fans were distributed to people at festivals and other public events.
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