Hisayasu Nagata, a member of the Democratic Party of Japan, has finally admitted to the House of Representatives Disciplinary Committee, that an email accusing ex-Livedoor president Takafumi Horie of corruption, was "a fake".
At the Disciplinary Committee hearing on Friday, Nagata revealed the source of the "bogus" email as Takashi Nishizawa, a freelance journalist. Nishizawa, who denies providing the email to Nagata, has a background of sensational reporting for Japan's weekly magazines.
In 2001, the Tokyo District Court, ruled against an article Nishizawa had written accusing ex-Yomiuri Giant's slugger Kazuhiro Kiyohara of frequenting strip-clubs during training for the team.
Dear (blacked out):
For Your Eyes Only. Urgent. Deal with this by the 31st at the latest. Better if taken care of by the morning of the 29th. Wire 30 million yen to (blacked out; the red spot in the email) X. Use the same account as before.
Take care of it under the heading “Election Consulting Fee.”
(Blacked out.) Heed the advice of Miyauchi (former Livedoor CFO; currently under arrest). I will tell (blacked out) Y, so you don’t have to worry about it.
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