Seems most everyone in Japan is concerned recently about how all this tax income is being spent, especially after Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe came under intense media scrutiny over “lavish outlays on overseas business trips, online auction purchases and accommodation at high-end hotels and spas”. Well, Yoichi Masuzoe, come on, you can tell us. Did you have a good time? So let’s do some follow up here and see what the Japanese tax player, or would that be payer, coughed up to send Shinzo Abe and 4,643 officials along with him on 40 trips abroad.
Japan’s Prime Minster Shinzo Abe’s expenditures on overseas travel expenses came in at ¥8.8 billion (roughly $80 million). This is the second highest expenditure on overseas official state travel with 40 trips for a prime minister. According to an official inquiry, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a total of 92 countries during his responsibilities as Japan’s prime minister. The total number of days spent outside of Japan by Shinzo Abe came in at 204 days and he was accompanied by 4,643 people. The very best in accommodations were used and this total figure has not been revealed.
The average cost per state travel was ¥219 million (roughly $2.4 million) for the prime minister’s overseas trips. The reason given for this expenditure and the number of state trips outside of Japan, was explained as Japan having “a desire in securing national interests and to exert leadership towards peace and stability as Japan’s contribution in the international community.” Actually though, this is a drop in the bucket compared to what Shinzo Abe’s counterparts, Barack and Michelle Obama cost the US taxpayers on an equal number of official state visits. Obama’s leisure trips alone ran up a bill of $70 million.
Source: Yahoo News