Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama pledged to end his parliamentary career if found to have lied in political funding scandal.
Political donations from his mother were falsely reported as small donations from individuals.
These new allegations of scandalous funding add more wood to the fire as aides of the prime minister and the Democratic Party of Japan Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa are being indicted or arrested as well.
Hatoyama said, “I have never obtained personal profit. I am not qualified to be wearing the badge of a Diet member (if I lied about not knowing of my mother’s donations).”