top prosecutor, who had been ridiculed as a guardian of the government, Hiromu
Kurokawa, has stepped down from his post, Chief of the Tokyo High Public
Prosecutors Office. Disorder began with the Abe government’s decision to selectively
postpone the retirement age for Japan’s prosecutors. The administration has interfered
into the personnel affairs of the prosecutors’ office in order to cover his money
and favoritism scandals on the Mori-Kake schools and the cherry-blossom
CAUSE LIES IN SUSPICION TO PRIME MINISTER ABE SHINZO
government has withdrawn its intention to enact a bill to amend the law on
public prosecutors’ office during the current Diet session after having witnessed
harsh resentment of people. The bill is to allow prosecutors to put off their
retirement age and the person who was at the center of public outcry, Chief
Prosecutor Kurokawa of the Tokyo High Prosecutors Office, has resigned.
has destroyed rule of law
Mainichi newspaper reported May 22 that the prime minister’s office had
seemingly demanded Prosecutor General Inada Nobuo to take responsibility for
the political mess. It is evident, however, that it is Prime Minister Abe himself
that has caused the today’s confusion as he has infringed constitutionalism for
seven and a half years, taking advantage of his bestowed authority.
of this fact Premier attempted to close the scandals by shifting responsibility
onto the judiciary and the prosecutors for the sake of his survival. Nobody
admits his ugly motive.
have strong authority to accuse a suspect of a criminal case and may arrest and
indict prime minister. If a government office, who could be a defendant,
interferes in selecting prosecutors, the separation of power can be unquestionably
undermined to demolish the rule of law.
are administrators only when they are guaranteed their independent position
equal to that of judges, and they can charge enormous political crimes. For
this reason a norm has been put on prosecutors that a general code, the National
Civil Service Law, is not imposed on them. This is the basis of enactment of
the prosecutors’ office act.
dispute over postponement of the retirement age of Kurokawa, who was said as a friend
of government, is caused by an illegitimate interpretation of the law by the
Abe government. This act represents intervention to the prosecutors’ office by
the prime minister’s office – a clear and direct commitment into a choice of
person in the name of the right of nomination.
Kurokawa played mahjong for money in the midst the nationwide order of state of
emergency to prevent the spread of the Covid-19. That was reported by a magazine,
which has led to his resignation.
weekly makes a convincing explanation; Mr. Kurokawa is favored by Prime
Minister Abe, who has ridden out a series of money and partiality scandals by
the efforts of the prosecutor who had acquitted the cases. His retirement age
was postponed with a prospect of nomination to the post of prosecutor general -
a position that Premier cannot think of being held by any other person.
is quite natural that disbelief has grown swiftly against the Abe government
and prosecutors, including twitters that call for ‘one person demonstration’.
is necessary to disclose all the facts to recover people’s trust on the
government. The Abe government must take responsibility for its illegal
decision to selectively extend the retirement age of prosecutors. The ministers
must resign en masse.