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Public fund misuse rampant in local govts
Sonosuke Sakamoto, Go Kojima,and Takashi Sakinaga / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers
A recent scandal involving misuse of state subsidies by local authorities highlights the prevailing practice of creating slush funds by placing bogus orders to suppliers and asking them to pool the money.
Earlier this month, it was learned that the Board of Audit had discovered through a sample inspection that 12 prefectural governments misused part of subsidies granted to them by the central government in this manner.
In Aichi Prefecture, a total of about 66 million yen in public funds held by the …