Fallen LDP angels Obuchi and Matsushima cling to Lower House seats
Japan Times -- Dec 15
Scandal-tainted former trade minister Yuko Obuchi and former Justice Minister Midori Matsushima retained their Lower House seats in Sunday's snap general election, after focusing their campaigns on regaining voter trust.

Obuchi, who turned 41 on Thursday, joined Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet as a high-profile newcomer in a reshuffle in September. But she was forced to resign less than two months later after shady money flows came to light at her fund-raising groups.

She sought re-election even as a former secretary and officials of her fund-raising groups were being grilled by Tokyo prosecutors over the scandal. But the strong electoral base in Gunma she inherited from her late father, former Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, and the lack of strong opponents helped her secure a landslide victory.

Before the scandal, Obuchi, considered a promising young LDP politician, traveled across the nation to electioneer on behalf of other candidates of the ruling party, and left campaigning in her own constituency to her support groups.

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