Japan’s taxpayer peasant class paid ¥8.8 billion in travel expenses for 40 official overseas visits by PM Shinzo Abe

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.
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Source: Yahoo News

安倍首相の海外出張費88億円=2次政権以降、外遊40回分

時事通信 5月31日(火)17時5分配信

政府は31日の閣議で、安倍晋三首相が2012年12月の第2次政権発足以降、41回の海外出張を行い、うち決算または精算済みの40回分の費用は総額約87億7400万円に上ったとする政府答弁書を決定した。

民進党の井坂信彦衆院議員の質問主意書に答えた。

答弁書によると、首相はこれまでに延べ92カ国・1地域を訪問。訪問日数は計204日、随行人数は延べ4643人だった。1回当たりの最高宿泊額と宿泊先は「警備上、外交上の観点」から明らかにしなかった。

首相外遊の1回の平均費用は約2億1900万円。答弁書は、首相外遊について「国益確保とともに、国際社会の平和と安定の寄与に指導力を発揮することは大きな意義がある」と説明。「節約に努めており、経費は適正」と強調した。

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