Kenji Fujimori

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Kenji Fujimori
Kenji Fujimori 2011.jpg
Member of Congress
Assumed office
28 July 2011
ConstituencyLima
Personal details
Born (1980-05-19) May 19, 1980 (age 38)
Lima, Peru
Political partyCambio 21 (2018–present)
Other political
affiliations
Fuerza Popular (2010–2017)
ParentsAlberto Fujimori
Susana Higuchi
RelativesKeiko Fujimori (sister)

Kenji Gerardo Fujimori Higuchi (born 19 May 1980), popularly known as Kenji, is a Peruvian congressman[1] and Fujimorista politician. He is the son of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori and former Peruvian First Lady and congresswoman Susana Higuchi. He has three siblings: Hiro Alberto, Sachi Marcela and Keiko Fujimori. In 2011 he ran for congress for Fuerza Popular (Popular Force) a political party led by his sister Keiko, being the most voted congressman in 2011. On January 31, 2018 he resigned to Fuerza Popular[2], and in March 20th announced the creation of a new political party Cambio 21 (Change 21). In June 2018, following the "Kenjivideos" scandal, congress suspended Kenji and two other congressmen of his party for the alleged crimes of influence peddling and bribery.[3]

Early life[edit]

Kenji Fujimori was born to Japanese Peruvian engineers, Alberto Fujimori, at the time dean of the science faculty of the National Agrarian University in Lima, and later President of Peru, and Susana Higuchi. He has three elder siblings. His father won the 1990 presidential elections, in 1992 he suspended the constitution and neutralized the Congress and the opposition. Kenji's mother soon disagreed with her husband, and they divorced in 1994. After this, Kenji's 19-year-old sister Keiko was named "First Lady". Alberto Fujimori resigned in 2001 after a massive corruption scandal and went to exile in Japan. He was extradited to Peru and sentenced to jail in 2007.

Education[edit]

From 1999 to 2004, Kenji Fujimori studied agronomics at Kansas State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. Since 2008, he has been the general manager of a Lima private security and surveillance company. In March 2009, he founded his own enterprise, offering "independent services". Moreover, he holds executive positions in three other companies.[4]

Political career[edit]

In 2006, he unsuccessfully ran for Governor of the Lima Region, representing his father's Si Cumple party. In 2010, he was a founding member of Fuerza 2011, led by his sister. Since March of that year, he has been the national secretary of youth of this party. In 2011 he ran for Congress in the constituency of Lima. He was elected and served for the 2011-2016 term[4] and was reelected for the 2016-2021 term.[1]

Kenjivideos scandal[edit]

On 21 March 2018 two days before President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski faced an impeachment process for a second time, a video was released of Kuczynski allies, including his lawyer and Kenji Fujimori, attempting to buy the vote against impeachment from one official.[5] Following the release of the video, Kuczynski presented himself before congress and officially submitted his resignation to the Council of Ministers.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Congressman File".
  2. ^ "Kenji Fujimori Resigns from Fuerza Popular". Peruvian Times. 1 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Peruvian Congress suspends but cannot oust Kenji Fujimori over alleged corruption". The Japan Times.
  4. ^ a b "Resume on the National Jury of Elections (JNE) site". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21.
  5. ^ Goodman | AP, Franklin Briceno and Joshua (2018-03-21). "Pressure builds on Peru president to quit over secret videos". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  6. ^ "PPK renunció a la presidencia del Perú tras 'keikovideos' | LaRepublica.pe". La República (in Spanish). 21 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.(Spanish)
  7. ^ "PPK renunció a la presidencia del Perú". Gestión (in Spanish). 21 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.(Spanish)