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Postby zhangsan520 » 2018 07 14, 1:04

"   Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe answers reporters questions during a press conference in Tokyo , Friday
The governor of Tokyo has triggered public outrage for flying first-class and staying at up to $1,800-a-night suites in Europe and America during official trips.

Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe and his entourage spent 213 million yen ($2 million) on eight trips in his first two years in office, an investigation by opposition lawmakers found. He also is being criticized for using an official car and a driver to travel regularly to his vacation house at a hot springs resort outside Tokyo. At a news conference Friday, Masuzoe said he will stop using the city car for his hot springs visits and promised to seek ways to cut back on spending.

Masuzoe argues that the upscale travel is needed to make the governor of Japan's largest city look prestigious overseas. He has promised to review and disclose his finances after his office received thousands of angry calls and emails.

Some examples of his spending:



His priciest hotel room was a 198 ,000 yen ($1,820) per night suite at the Conrad London St. James during a 2015 trip to London and Paris to observe World Cup rugby. (Japan is hosting the 2019 World Cup.) That's nearly five times the maximum allowed for the prime minister and Tokyo governor for travel expenses under the law for civil servants, although he is allowed to spend more if authorized by the city's human resources department, which he did. Before three nights at the Conrad, he stayed two at the almost equally expensive Paris Le Grand. Masuzoe also spent 2.7 million yen ($24,400) flying first class.



The investigation by the opposition Communist Party found that Masuzoe spent an average of 27 million yen ($244 ,000) on his first eight trips, more than former Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, himself known as somewhat spendthrift. Ishihara averaged 17 million yen on 28 overseas visits during his 11-year tenure. The large size of Masuzoe's delegations — nearly twice that of Ishihara's — is the main reason for the higher costs. The total cost of the London and Paris trip alone, which included 19 staff, came to more than 50 million yen ($463,000).



Masuzoe has acknowledged that he stayed at the Intercontinental The Willard Washington D.C. at a rate of 150 ,000 yen ($1,390) per night on his ninth trip, which was not part of the Communist Party investigation. He also stayed at the Kitano New York, a favorite of Japanese Imperial families and celebrities, and spent more than 2 million yen to fly first class to New York, where he rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange , and Washington, where he attended cherry blossom events.



In a rare luxury for a Japanese governor, Masuzoe started renting VIP rooms at airports while waiting for flights. During a 2014 trip to Berlin and London, he spent 1.27 million yen ($11,700) on airport VIP rooms. The trip with a 20-member delegation to the 2012 Olympic venue in London and ""friendship"" city Berlin was by far the costliest at 70 million yen ($642,000) for five nights. Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics.



Former London Mayor Boris Johnson and his staff spent 38 ,000 pounds ($55,100) on a four-day visit to Japan in October, according to the London mayor's office, about one-tenth of Masozue's five-day mission to London and Paris last year. The costs for Johnson's trip were posted on the London mayor's office website following a public information request by an independent Tokyo lawmaker. Johnson flew business class for 3,842 pounds ($5,570) , and used British Airways ""On Business Points"" on his return. His accommodation, with a complimentary upgrade to a suite, totaled 689 pounds ($999) for four nights, less than the one-night room charge for Masuzoe.

" Sandra Bullock clutches her gongs at the 40th People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Photo: CFP Justin Timberlake Photo: IC

Actress Sandra Bullock swept the 40th People's Choice awards on Wednesday with four wins, cementing her status as a favorite among the fan-selected winners, while singer Justin Timberlake dominated the music categories with three wins.

Bullock , 49, picked up three awards for favorite movie actress, dramatic movie actress and comedy movie actress for her roles in existential space drama "Gravity" and in female buddy-comedy "The Heat." She also won favorite movie duo alongside her "Gravity" co-star George Clooney, while the film won favorite drama movie.

"An actor can't do what they do without hundreds of amazing people working for them and alongside them. I learned so much this year. I got to work with Melissa McCarthy on 'The Heat.' ... And on 'Gravity,' the nicest people in the world would string me up and leave me there, and I still had an amazing time ," the Oscar-winning actress said.

Bullock later joined McCarthy on stage to pick up the favorite comedy movie award for "The Heat."

Singer Timberlake, 32, who returned to the musical spotlight in 2013 with the two-part release of "The 2020 Experience" after more than five years away to focus on his acting, picked up three awards including favorite album.

"I'd like to thank my parents for continuing to instill in me that no dream is too big. I'd like to thank my team that puts up with my ridiculous neuroses all the time - sorry, but not really, because look at this ," the singer said on stage, referring to his award.

Timberlake also won favorite male artist and favorite R&B artist, but was beaten in the favorite pop artist category by Britney Spears, who won her first People's Choice award in her career spanning 15 years.

Actor Robert Downey Jr. was named favorite action movie star for his leading role i.
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