Major Fraud Case in public sector on Aogashima island

Major Fraud Case in public sector on Aogashima island

Aogashima island, Tokyo

Many miniatures ordered and deserted  Source: Asahi news
Many Aogashima miniatures ordered and deserted Source: Asahi news

Millions of people reading our article on Aogashima island, the island we love so much.


Today we heard a sad news about the island.


There seems to have had a major corruption case with the village office. We as a volunteer simply have tried to promote the island to the world and because of our article so many visitors from overseas are curious and plan to visit the island.


44 projects in Aogashima village office were identified as "fraud cases" for last 3 years till August 2017, Asahi news reported. 


The contractual amount in question is 220mil JPY. The person, a former head of general affair, in the office who is suspected to be the "person of interest" already left the office (and the island!!) taking a big retirement money.


The fraud cases involve the production of miniature of islands, the website, solar panel etc.


Almost 2mil USD is not small for the island like this. The island could use this budget for much better causes to kick off the better service for the tourists.

What is next?

As of today the Tokyo Central government (in Shinjuku) sends a personnel to investigate the case. We are sincerely hoping this case is not serious and does not have any negative impact on the reputation of the island.

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