Thursday, October 06, 2005


Connection with terrorist

Kiyomi Tsujimoto, a member of the Social Democratic Party in Japan, returned to the Diet in the last election. She was convicted of defrauding the government of secretaries' salaries and being on 5 years' probation now.

Osaka Diary: Tales from the Wild, Wild West
Eric Johnston

Kiyomi Tsujimoto, part II

Like layers of an onion, the secrets surrounding former SDP Diet member Kiyomi Tsujimoto, who was arrested in July, are slowly being peeled back. To begin with, Tsujimoto has long had connections with a man named Akira Kitagawa, whom she met while a student at Waseda University and who Tsujimoto's enemies claim is the person responsible for getting her into politics.

Kitagawa is the head of the Daisansho publishing company. He is also a former leader of the Japanese Red Army who allegedly planned a number of terrorist activities in Europe. In 1975, he was extradited back to Japan. Tsujimoto joined Daisansho as a senior executive in1988 and resigned in 1996, after winning a seat in the Diet. But she did not severe her relations completely. Daisansho published no less than six books written by Tsujimoto on her experiences in the Diet.

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