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[–] Broc_Lia 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Lol, maybe in the past. He'll wait it out a few years then get a cushy consultant's position in one of the companies he used to shill for.

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[–] theletterd 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago 

Beat me to it! Have an upvoat.

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[–] Capt_Rye 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

In America hed have denied the allegations spent hundreds of thousands of tax dollars in legal cases and ultimately been re-elected and caught doing the same shit again

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[–] Broc_Lia 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Depends on how good the evidence is. American politicians retire in exchange for dropped charges too. See Nixon.

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[–] Pwning4Ever 1 point 8 points (+9|-1) ago 

Doesn't surprise me, I'm not sure if there a single government out there that isn't corrupt.

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[–] greycloud 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

what is the difference between acceptable compensation and corruption? its a hard line to draw.

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[–] jaceame 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Being detrimental. Taking money from someone that is trying to make the world a better place is still taking a bribe, but taking money from someone knowingly trying to do bad makes you terrible.

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[–] Broc_Lia ago 

There is no difference, behaviour like this is inherent to the function of representative democracy. They draw lines in the sand and say "well if you're on this side it's allowed," but it's all the same beach in reality.

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[–] Mylon ago 

It's a tightrope dance. If politicians are paid too little, crime fills the gap and takes over. If government is paid too much then the public suffers from that alone.

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[–] BigCheeze ago 

That WAS the only way to survive.

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[–] YoungerX 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Shameful display.

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[–] KingMortales 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The men are running sir!

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[–] Owoc ago 

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[–] WhiteRonin 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Lol ... Nothing new.

Almost all Japanese politicians deal with this kind of money. The way it was explained to me is that 1. They don't make enough salary 2. They are "Sensei" and have a deep duty to pay for their staff when going out. They also pay for other people if they come along too.

Almost every single construction company is tied to the Yakuza (Japanese mob). These companies employ men who grew up affiliated to the mob in one way or another (not all but a large majority).

The interesting thing is that he broke the law BUT more than likely was targeted to either get rid of him or to tarnish Prime Minister Abe.

The story is more about why they got him rather than what they got him on.

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[–] craschnet 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Now, only we can do that with our US representatives.

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[–] Bunny_Pope ago 

You keep doing you, Japan.