Economic Newswire October 16, 1989, Monday
MONEY RETURNED TO FORMER SOKA GAKKAI OFFICIAL
Yokohama, Oct. 16
on Monday returned a total of 175 million yen in cash found last june in
a discarded safe to a former official of the Buddhist lay organization
Nakanishi, 60, former managing director of Soka Gakkai’s daily Seikyo Shimbun,
was given 10,000-yen bank notes totaling 175 million yen by police officials
at Asahi police station in Yokohama.
to police, the safe was discovered on June 30 at the Yokohama All Seiso
Co, an industrial waste company in Yokohama’s Asahi Ward.
getting back his money, Nakanishi told reporters that he will give 35 million
yen in reward to the Yokohama All Seiso Co. Donate the cash to the Japanese
Red Cross Society and other charitable organizations.
found that the safe was shipped out of Nippon Tosho Yuso’s office in Toda,
Saitama prefecture, on June 26 by the Yokohama recycling company Kyowa
Kogyo. Nippon Tosho Yuso transports a daily newspaper and other publications
for Soka Gakkai.
July 3, Nakanishi reported to police that he owned the safe and the money,
which he said he had earned by running a souvenir shop at a temple in Shizuoka
however, never reported the earnings to tax authorities. The omission triggered
speculation that it was a “slush fund” Nakanishi handled for Komeito, an
opposition party backed by Soka Gakkai.
has denied any connection and Nakanishi was fired from his Seikyo Shimbun
position on Friday last week.
quoted Nakanishi as saying that he stored the money in a safe and kept
it in a Seikyo Shimbun underground warehouse and forgot about it.
checked up on Nakanishi’s claim in detail and decided to return the money,
September 28, police also returned 235.21 million yen found in a bamboo
grove in Kawasaki last April to a company president who claimed that he
had left the cash in hopes that the lucky finder would donate the money
1989 Kyodo News Service