Japanese lawmaker called GaaSyy issued summons

Japanese lawmaker called GaaSyy issued summons

Long absent upper house lawmaker Yoshikazu Higashitani, who officially goes by the name GaaSyy, was issued a formal summons on Monday by House of Councillors President Hidehisa Otsuji.

The summons was issued according to Article 124 of the Diet Law. If GaaSyy doesn't appear at the Diet, disciplinary procedures will be taken.

The NHK Party s GaaSyy obtained his upper house seat through the proportional representation section of the election in 2022.

Otsuji handed over the writ to Satoshi Hamada, the other upper house member of the NHK Party.

According to the upper house, GaaSyy is the fifth lawmaker to be issued a summons. In May 1949 four lawmakers — Takeo Kurusu, Kinkazu Saionji, Tamotsu Hashigami and Shigeko Hirano — were issued the summons for being absent without good reason.

Article 124 reads : The presiding officer may issue a summons to a Member who does not respond to the convocation without good reason within seven days of the convocation, and if within seven days the Member fails to present himself without excuses, the presiding officer will refer the case to the Committee on Discipline. The diet was convened on January 23.

GaaSyy will not return to Japan within a week, Hamada told reporters. He already expects that the committee will take disciplinary action against him.