Gift scandal extends to Kansai Electric's Kyoto branch, utility says
- Oct 8, 2019 6:37 am GMT
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Managers of Kansai Electric Power Co.s
Three former vice presidents of the
The construction firm, based in Takahama, took the orders, including those for a company dormitory and power distribution stations in Fukui Prefecture and northern
A total of 20 people at the
The recipients initially revealed were mostly those who worked in the nuclear power business. But the recent additional disclosures show employees working in other operations were involved in the gift transactions.
The three former vice presidents of the
Six of the 20 people, meanwhile, returned gifts worth 159.08 million in February last year, shortly after tax authorities launched a formal investigation, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday.
The six included Chairman
The widening money scandal has re-exposed collusion between the nuclear industry and government officials. At a news conference Wednesday, Yagi disclosed that Moriyama began offering even more gifts following the
Out of the 318.45 million, Toyomatsu, who was head of the utilitys nuclear power division, received one of the biggest sums: 110.57 million.
The taxation bureau found that
The bureau searched Moriyamas home several months after beginning its probe and found a large amount of cash and gifts, with memos confirming the six had returned them.
The authorities verified that the six had received some 180 million in total, of which a portion has not been returned.
Yagi said at the news conference that they returned the gifts when they did because it became an environment in which (Moriyama) would accept them.
The utility said the executives had been trying to return the gifts but could not as Moriyama had refused to accept them and became angry.
Moriyama was deeply involved in the bidding process and construction of reactors Nos. 3 and 4 at the Takahama nuclear plant, which began operation in 1985, according to
After retiring from the municipal government, he worked for