Corruption allegations are another blow to embattled speaker of Japan’s lower house

The team of Speaker of the House of Representatives Hiroyuki Hosoda paid out several thousand yen a day in cash to local assembly members and others in western Japan during the campaign for the elections in the Lower House last October, documents were shown on Wednesday, in an alleged case of corruption that would violate electoral law.

Hosoda, who won a seat in the Oct. 31 election in Shimane Prefecture’s No. 1 District, recorded the payments as labor expenses, according to campaign expense reports. Labor expenses are usually paid for simple tasks.

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