あさお慶一郎(前衆議院議員 神奈川4区)

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Received an Order to Refund eight hundred million yen

2015年10月30日 (金)

I received an Order for Refund over eight hundred million yen regarding government subsidies to Your Party issued on September 25 from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
More accurate expression, it was 825,999,942 yen.
This Order for Refund was not announced unexpectedly but already scheduled, so I received it without hesitation.
It was the first time to receive such huge amount of payment under my name, so in that sense I was deeply moved when I looked at the document that stated the amount.


Your Party has been appealing to reduce waste of tax

At the time of the dissolution of Your Party, the Party had sixteen billion yen in cash.
There were twenty Diet members.  It was the fact that some Diet members thought they could divide the cash equally and distribute eighty million yen per person.
However, most of the money source came from government subsidies to political parties.
That is to say it was money funded by taxes.  And Your Party was a political party which has been appealing of reducing waste of tax from the beginning.
We thought it was an appropriate conclusion for the party to voluntarily return money to the state coffers rather than spending it for unplanned items.
While announcing the Party’s direction of its dissolution, I appealed to the public of returning money as much as possible to the state coffers and contained opinions to share the money.


Unspent government subsidies to political parties must be returned to the state coffers

From a legal perspective, unspent government subsidies to political parties within a year must be returned to the state.
Therefore we determined necessary expenditure and kept the rest as much as possible in the Party.
By doing so, the Order for Refund will be automatically issued to the left money.  However, only a week or so were left before the actual dissolution date.


The expense for the debt settlement was necessary, too

At the same time, there was a lot of work for dissolution itself.  In addition,   the possibility of the existence of the hidden debt was pointed out.
Such debt we did not recognize.
So we decided to transfer 350 million yen to the Party’s liquidation limited liability company and perform office work of the settlement after the dissolution of the Party.
Approximately 100 million yen that was finally left in the settlement company will be returned to the government separately.
Because a return order is not reflected on this money legally, I will separately file a contribution note and transfer the money to the government.


A little over 1,400 million yen will be returned to the state coffers in total

Your Party was dissolved at the end of November in 2014.
In the following December, another public funding for political parties of a little over 500 million yen was scheduled to be paid.
Including this, we returned the Treasury a little over 1,400 million yen for the total sum.
Of course the money is important in performing a political activity.  However, I thought what is more important is to achieve what we have been appealing for “Reduce waste of tax payers money”.


Keiichiro Asao
Member of the House of Representatives

 

 

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