Officials dined with ex-minister, egg-firm head charged with bribery

Senior bureaucrats from Japan’s farm ministry dined in 2018 and 2019 with a former minister and a former head of a major egg producer, both indicted over a bribery scandal, the incumbent minister said Tuesday. Among those officials was Vice Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Masaaki Edamoto, the highest-ranking government employee at the ministry, Kotaro Nogami told a news conference, adding that the bureaucrats were aware that lawmakers who dined with them paid the bills. Last week, former farm minister Takamori Yoshikawa was indicted without arrest for receiving a total of 5 millio…

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