Fumio Abe

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Fumio Abe
State Minister for Hokkaido and Okinawa development agencies
Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu
Personal details
Died 6 December 2006 (aged 84)
Political party Liberal Democratic Party

Fumio Abe (died 6 December 2006) was a Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) politician who served as state minister for Hokkaido and Okinawa development agencies.


Abe was first elected to the lower house in 1969.[1] He was state minister for Okinawa and Hokkaido development agencies in 1989 in the cabinet of Toshiki Kaifu.[1][2] Abe served as secretary general and treasurer of Kiichi Miyazawa's faction in the LDP until December 1991.[3] Abe resigned from his post after newspaper reports of the alleged bribes.[4] Abe retired from politics in 1993.[1]

Bribery scandal[edit]

Abe was arrested due to his involvement in a bribery scandal in 13 January 1992.[5][6] In 1994, he was sentenced by the Tokyo District Court to three years in prison. However, the verdict was rejected by the Tokyo High Court and the Supreme Court.[1]


Abe died of heart failure in Hakodate, Hokkaido, on 6 December 2006. He was 84.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Obituary: Fumio Abe". The Japan Times. Kyodo News. 9 December 2006. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Iwao Hoshii (1993). Japan's Pseudo-Democracy. Japan Library. p. 188. ISBN 978-1-873410-07-3. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ex-cabinet official in Japan arrested in bribery scandal". Deseret News. 13 January 1992. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Helm, Leslie (14 January 1992). "Ally's Arrest in Bribery Case a Blow to Miyazawa". Los Angeles Times (Tokyo). Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Official held in bribery scandal". St. Petersburg Times. 14 January 1992. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ex-Minister in Japan Indicted in Bribery Case". The New York Times. p. 6.