Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Firms tied to mayor of Hokkaido town profited from local nuclear research center - 24th Aug 2011

Two companies connected to the mayor here have been making some 40 million yen per year from a local nuclear research facility, it has been learned, sparking speculation that the facility holds undue influence over the leader of this northern town.

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)'s Horonobe Underground Research Center began renting two apartment complexes for its workers in fiscal 2001 from the firm Horonobe Shoji, where Mayor Akira Miyamoto's son serves as president and the mayor himself is a board member. The research center has furthermore contracted local security firm Hokusei, run by three of the mayor's family and where Miyamoto also served on the board of directors until just after he was elected mayor in 2002, to do security at the facility. Read More