＜Serial Reporting Final Version> The darkness of the arson attack incident against a residence of Shinzo Abe, a former Prime Minister of Japan ーーMystery. Abe himself met the culprit of this arson attack crime!
Profile: Shunsuke Yamaoka
CEO and editor in chief of Access Journal
Born in Ehime prefecture, on August 1959. Majored a Japanese history course at Hosei Graduate School but dropped out during master degree. For over two and half years, worked as an editorial staff at a small editorial production company and became a freelance journalist at age 29. Since January 1991, while be a full time staff reporter at Shukan Taishu, a weekly tabloid, contributed a number of scandal scoops mainly for Uwasano-Shinso, Zaikai-Tenbo and other magazines.
Published books: “AMWAY Nobody writes about” (Apple publishing company), “ Silver Bank a Case of records of tapping by Takefuji Ltd.,” (Sou publishing company), “ Undercover reportage into Fukushima Daiichi A truth of highly contaminated sites and nuclear workers”(Futaba publishing company).
On December 2nd, 2003, his articles drove a then chairman of Takefuji ltd., Mr. Yasuo Takei who was one of the leading world’s billionaires, into a jail.
In July 2005, someone set a fire on his house. In that evening, he was sued for defamation over the article claiming that the perpetrator of the arson attack was alleged to the cause of the trouble over Tamio Araki, a chairman of Pashikon, a world’s famous construction consulting company. However, he won the case.
His online independent media, “Access Journal” was introduced as a paid online site which reports the backside of backsides of the news by “Media Times” at a colum of Asahi Newspaper. As a pioneer on online media industry, he has made comments to the interview by NHK broadcaster at a broadcasting program called “News Watch 9” under the title of “ demerit of the deceasing information paper.
At the first serial reporting on this issue, I have disclosed that the arson attack against a house of a former Prime Minister, Shizo Abe in the city of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi prefecture was triggered by the incident that Nobuyuki Saeki, a then secretary of Abe office in the city asked Saichi Koyama ( 8 previous criminal records) to commit the sabotage during the mayoral election campaign, with a sense of fear for upraising popularity of a political opponent (Koga, a former lawmaker). For this request, Riki Takeda ( OB of Yamaguchi Prefectural Police Department), another former secretary who was responsible for Abe office administration in the city, gave his signature on a “letter of confirmation” which pledged to reward Koyama. However, Koyama was pissed off as his promises were broken , which drove him allegedly to offend the Abe office through an arson attack with an alliance of a head of Kudo clan, a special designated
Yakuza office (in Kitakyusyu city).
At the second series, I introduced the interview with a then local newspaper reporter who had directly recorded what Koyama told him in that time.
The most surprising sequence was the reaction of Saeki ( a former secretary) which was described at the third series, that he was strangely yelling at me and my colleague, “I will call for police” in order to shut down the interview.
Despite his harsh attitude, another former secretary in the mid of the mystery, Takeda (In that time, he was a secretary) admitted to us, saying that he has certainly signed on a “letter of confirmation”with Koyama, which I introduced on my article. Now, this time, I and my colleague journalist, Yu Terasawa visited Takeda again at his house in the city of Shimonoseki by a direct hit coverage.
As he has acknowledged at the first time, he admitted the existence of a“letter of confirmation”. After it, we have visited again Saeki, another former secretary by our direct hit coverage. Following a day after, we visited again Takeda for our second time. During our second interview with him, he agreed that Shinzo Abe, himself, had met the culprit of the arson attack crime, Koyama at his own office.
This is a story which no other media has reported ever before. According to the briefing of Takeda, when Saeki, a then secretary of Abe showed Koyama (asked for the copies. However, at maxim, 10 copies of it), an article of Scandal about Koga, a former lawmaker in the city, who was a political opponent of Kiyoshi Ejima,a candidate of pro Abe camp ( currently, an active lawmaker of House of Councilors), Koyama has started urging the monetary reward claiming that it was Saeki who asked him to distribute many copies of this article across the city for the purpose of election sabotage. Koyama and Saeki have known each other quite well for long time.
As a consequence after the strong persuasion by Koyama, Saeki was surrendered to him paying him 3 million yen.. that is all.
But, it is hard to be convinced for this testimony, thinking he should have simply sued him immediately for the monetary blackmail if all what he said was true(Koyama was later arrested for blackmail after Saeki, a then secretary, sued him. After Saeki paid Koyama 3 million yen, he sued him for blackmail and Koayama was under arrest, but was released soon).He did not sue Koayama while he was blackmailed for the monetary reward.
Additionally, Takeda, himself admitted that he had signed on a “letter of confirmation” which Koyama brought in, without checking what was written there inside.Takeda said that the letter requested the payment over the copy fees of the scandal articles (including other different matters written there). Furthermore, Shinzo Abe himself, a former Prime Minister indeed met Koayama on a pretext of consulting the recruitment at his office in Shimonoseki city?there Koayam kicked a table!(Photo above= Yamaguchi Shimbun article, Nov 12th, 2003)
Even though Koyama was a fixer behind scandals, how it would be possible that the secretary of Abe paid him 3 million yen for the reward of copying a number of scandal articles and signed on a “letter of confirmation”?plus,the big boss, Abe, a former prime minister dared to meet Koayama in person?
Hereby below, I would like to introduce the second interview with Takeda on the direct hit coverage.
ーーWe were kicked out by Saeki, though we attempted to vist him at his house
Takeda: Koyama was saying to Saeki, “You told me to make copies of the articles, so I did” and Saeki said, “ I did not tell you to copy it and then to distribute around”. Koayama said, “You must compensate”, but Saeki refused his demand saying he did not ask him for these matters and told him, “I won’t compensate you”. Then, Koayama continued to react and told me,“You know, Saeki does not compensate me, then you are the responsible for this”. He was speaking like this.
(Photo above= A window at the office of Shinzo Abe in Shimonoseki city. There seems to be a hole after the bullet penetrating into the window)
ーーI discovered the name of his sectional manager’s name (a man who has visited persistently at the office of Abe, in a request of signature on a “letter of confirmation”). Mr. Matsuura, right?
Takeda: Oh, you are right. His name was Mr. Matsuura or something. Anyway,he has continued visiting me for 10 days in a run. Even though I told me that it did not make any difference by him meeting me many times. But, he said to me, “ please do not say so”, as his boss (Koyama) was fussing about it, the unpaid fee of copies, so loud that he could not go back.
ーーBut, you were not able to imagine what would be happened later in future if you gave your signature? You are also an Ob of Police Agency…..
Takeda: I hold a grasp of what he was telling me through the process of his explanation that a few days later after making copies, they did something.
ーーBut, copies fee would cost like just some few hundreds yen so Takeda: They told me that they have often circulated many brochures of election sabotage during campaigns …but no idea how many brochures.
ーーSo, he asked you for the copy fee when he distributed some letters of defamatory literature?
Takeda: Yes yes. Since they circulated them so much that it was heard by us too, during election campaigns. (However) it was 5 or 6 brochures we have distributed, I guess.
ーーIf 5 or 6 copies, it would cost merely 50 yen or 60 yen.
Takeda: Yes, yes.
ーーSo, he requested your signature on the “letter of confirmation”, just for this?? Why?
Takeda: This is their tactics. Strategy.
ーーYou should not have been taken advantage by them
Takeda: I knew his answer. He told me that they have circulated only 5-6 brochures and made just 10 copies of the article ( Photo next= An article of “Asa Gei” on an issue of October 5th, 1995, which was said to be copied)
－－But, in the letter there were some sentences describing that you (Abe office) would reward them.
Takeda: Yes, just a little bit.
ーーMr. Takeda, you did not confirm its sentence?
Takeda: I saw it.
ーーThe juridical verdict paper reads that, it (the reward) was to divert the construction of street at a major supermarket. I mean, JASCO in the district of Kawanaka.
Takeda: It has nothing to do with it. I told him that it was none of our business about this diversion of street construction. I myself said so,that we were nothing to do with this matter, to Matsuura ( a sectional manager at a construction company of Koyama). Despite it, he has started stating various matters to me.
ーーThe verdict paper at the court writes about the diversion of street construction (around the site of JUSCO)
Takeda: No, way!? No no, there should not be written such things.
ーーOh, there was any sentence saying that no other business partner was not allowed to enter the interests of the business on real estate development?
Takeda: You know, the story continued that I told him that he should ask such thing not to me but to Mr. Kameda(a previous mayor before Ejima candidate in the city), regarding the business. I have not idea if Kameda supported Koyama or not (The former mayor, Kameda was also running for the mayoral election but in vain)
ーーIt was Mr. Ejima whom Koyama supported?
Takeda: Don’t believe what he said on face. I mean, they try to squeeze money, money by saying many different things with their own intention. But,why, you guys, start digging out the story, which was already 10 years ago? The trial was ended too.
ーーWe continue reporting since it is not finished yet, we believe.
Takeda: I cannot explain anything new no matter how many times you would ask me for the story which was 10 years ago. The story is same as of your first interview. He (the sectional manager of Koayama’s company) was begging me for the help, since his boss (Koyama) was fussing about the unpayment of the copy fees by Saeki.
ーーSo, Mr. Takeda, you have made wiped an ass of Saeki…
Takeda: I was a responsible person at the office?so I was taking over it. You mean, it was 3 million yen that I was made wipe an ass. I did not know anything. How I got to know about 3 million yen, was that I contacted directly the house of Diet in Tokyo. I mean, Shinzo (Abe) himself….
(Photonext= a former house of Koyama)
ーー(Shinzo Abe) He seemed to meet Koyama directly. Koyama threw a cup toward him by showing him, a “letter of confirmation”, and urging for the payment.
Takeda: You are not right. Koyama came not to Tokyo but to the office in Shimonoseki. What you were telling me now, is not in Tokyo. You mean, his first visit to the office right?
ーーKoyama himself testified that he threw a cup (toward Shinzo Abe a former Prime Minister).
Takeda: Cup? He has not thrown a cup, but he kicked a table. It is a different story in Tokyo. Koyama sent a fax to the office of Abe in Tokyo which said, “Take your responsibility. This is what your secretary did”. I told Saeki about it and we were now in trouble. Then, Saeki said, to me that he was blackmailed by Koyama as he screamed, “You shut up!”. Then, he borrowed money about 3 million yen from Nokyo (Agriculturual Cooperation Bank) and he had arranged another person, named something—to meet Koyama because he was afraid that Koyama would request another reward again if he would meet him in person. He confessed, that it was him that paid 3 million yen, which was turned out later finally.
ーーIt is no good that he paid Koyama. Normally, he would have to be blamed over this responsibility. However, Saeki promoted to be a city council member of Shimonoseki city.
Takeda: When I gave my single signature, I did not know anything about 3 million yen. When I told Saeki, “you have made things screwed up! Koyama sent us a fax to the house of lawmakers in Tokyo”, he replied to me saying “I did indeed fix it, I believe” .I asked how could he say so, and he said, “I paid 3 million yen”.
ーーNo, this should be opposite in a common sense.
Takeda: The fact is this. It is rude that you said, it should be opposite based on your assumption. There is no point that we continue discussing with each other. It is useless that you, guy are trying to write an article with your own thoughts. Go Home!
ーーMr. Takeda, your final position was, a manager at security department, at Yamaguchi Prefectural Police.
Takeda: I was a deputy manager at first investigation team.
ーーThen, after it, you was positioned at the first secretary of Abe office.
Takeda: I resigned my position at Police before retirement and was enjoying the earlier retirement for about a year. Then, I entered the office of Abe ??? So, about a year around after Police services, you were at an association affiliated with Police?
Takeda: I do not need to tell about it.
ーーAround when did you leave the position of deputy manager at first investigation team? (Photo next= A flat room where “Keiyu Kaihatsu”, a company of Koyama was resided in that time)
Takeda: Long time ago. Like 30 years ago. Then, after I was staying at the office of Abe for nearly 20 years.
ーーThen, now you are a secretary of Nobuo Kishi.
Takeda: No, I have already quitted. He became nearly 90 years old.
ーーSo, it was an office in the city of Shimonoseki where Mr. Koyama met Mr. Abe.
Takeda: You are right. Saeki was telling that it was about a recruitment or something. Since he wanted to meet Abe, Sakeki let him come in.
ーーSo, Abe was made to meet Koyama without knowing who he was.
Takeda: It was something related to business. Saeki was in charge…in that time, we did not know. Is Koyama released out of the prison now? (He was unleashed after the imprisonment for arson attack criminal case).
ーーI came here to report, as I heard that he is now released.
Takeda: No, he is not coming out of the prison.
ーーThis is also what Mr. Saeki said to us. It should be a mistake. It is likely that Saeki and Koyama had a close relationship each other, with Saeki coming in and out to the office of Koyama’s company. So it is not possible that the office of Abe did not know who Koyama was in that time.
Takeda: No you are not right. He was a secretary in charge?so it is no strange that he visited the office of Koyama.. I do not think he had that deep relationship with Koyama.
ーーSo, Mr. Takeda you heard that Koyama was visiting Abe in seeking of his recruitment?
Takeda: Either job or recruitment. I wonder it was a matter that Koyama wanted to ask something in terms of his work.
ーーHow Abe behaved in a reaction with meeting Koyama directly?
Takeda: I wonder that Abe said to him that he could not do anything regarding the job matter.
ーーWhen Abe met him, it is natural that Koyama has mentioned about the “letter of confirmation”?
Takeda: No it was after the letter of confirmation (He seemed to interpret our question that Koyama seeks for the letter of confirmation directly to Abe). Mr. Matsuura has visited me every day for 10 days in a run. I have only once talked to Koyama in person.
ーーSo a “letter of confirmation” at the meeting with Abe???
Takeda: The issue of Abe and letter of confirmation has nothing to do with each other. You guys, seem to assume that I wrote a “letter of confirmation” and did something else since you imagine there was allegedly some collusion between Koyama and Abe office. But your scenario is totally wrong. Some time after Koyama met Shinzo Abe, Matsurua (a sectional manager at the company of Koyama) has repeatedly visited me…Saeki said, “I did not ask him to make copies of the scandal articles at a weekly tabloid …either he did not request him to circulate it. At least, if the secretary of the lawmaker circulated it by copying during election campaigns, you see what a consequence would be like” (Photo above= One of the defamatory literature brochures circulated during mayoral election campaigns in Shimonoseki city)」
ーーSo, Koyama met Abe, earlier before the mayoral election?
Takeda: Yes, you are right. He came since nobody responded to his faxes sent to Tokyo office.
ーーOh, Koyama has sent faxes to the office of Abe?
Takeda: Since after he made a “letter of confirmation”, he has never appeared to me, ever.
ーーMr. Koyama sent faxes to an Abe office of Diet building in Tokyo, right?
Takeda: You are correct.
ーーIt means, he was begging money.
Takeda: Yes yes. There were two young men who was sent, I mean by a group of the special designated anti-social organization. They came there…at the office of Koyama in Kyusyu. I do not know about that they threw petrol bombs…
ーーIt was like a raid, “Kachikomi”.
Takeda: A few months before the election campaigns of Shinzo Abe, a two units of Tabloid reporters from Tokyo visited him. While we were so busy, they followed me even during shopping. I shared them with this story, but they did not publish. (Photo next= article of “Mainichi” issued on Nov 12th,
ーーWhen was it, the election?
Takeda: It was an election when petrol bombs were thrown.
ーーI see, so it was the second election campaign of Ejima.But, it does not make ssense. Since, the trouble arose at the second election and later after it, the issue of a “letter of confirmation” emerged.
Takeda: I do not mean to lie.
ーーKoyama and Abe have not known each other.
Takeda: Not at all?ground zeo. I do not know him at all. Saeki was blackmailed, I guess?He told me that he borrowed 3 million yen from Nokyo bank.
ーーBut, why Koyama was not prosecuted for the blackmail. This make me wonder.
Takeda: He was blackmailed many times?with their claims that he did tell them to make copies of the scandal articles. Then when he went to the office of Koyama, there were many testifiers including Matsuura,Koyama, an executive man etc including a few young men from Yakuza organization. So, it tells that Koyama is a person affiliated with that kind of the underground world. I think, Saeki decided to give Koyama 3 million yen in order to avoid the trouble involved with Abe in Tokyo. Koyama said that he went for drinking with Saeki in Ogura, Kyusyu. That is why people think they were close to each other.
What I cannot reach to the agreement about this case is not only limited to the fact that the secretary of Abe office has paid Koyama 3 million yen and wrote a “ letter of confirmation”. If what Mr. Takeda told us was true, why the blackmailing case of 3 million request committed by Koyama was not prosecuted? Koyama has 8 criminal records. Thinking normally, he should have been charged with penalties. Was it a consequence of the fact that Abe office dropped prosecution because they had something they felt guilty behind? (An article of “Gendai” on an issue of December 2016)
Also, it is hard to understand his excuse (Takeda)saying that Koyama was made to meet Shinzo Abe, a former Prime Minister in a pretext of recruitment consultancy-a lie made by another secretary who paid him 3 million yen. Even, Takeda said, that Koyama kicked a table in front of Abe.
“Even thieves have their reasons”—-even Koyama did not commit to conduct a crime of arson attack together with Yakuza members claiming and outraging, “I was trapped by Abe office”, just for being asked to make copies of scandal articles..。
The sort of defamatory literatures brochures was not only female-related scandal exposed by “Asahi Gei” which Saeki, a secretary showed to Koyama.
There were at least two other sorts of defamatory brochures circulated-one was telling that a rival candidate of the mayor was a Japanese Korean (untrue). Then, on a verdict paper at a court, Koyama addressed that, the copy fee which was 100 yen or so, “it would amount to 50 million yen to 100 million yen” to a side of Yakuza group whom Koyama asked for the arson raid against a residence of Shinzo Abe. If the mainstream media in Japan had covered this incident more aggressively, the birth of Abe Shinzo Prime Minister Office would have not been born with a fixed dirty image?this incident contains such a grave level of darkness inside.
In the end I would like to state that, some mainstream media in Japan and persons affiliated with Koyama must still hold a “letter of confirmation”with preservation. If so, I sincerely would like them to provide it to Access Journal.