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Liberal Party lawmakers question Koizumi e-mail magazine.

TOKYO, June 27 Kyodo

Opposition Liberal Party lawmakers Hiroshi Nakai and Susumu Shiota said Wednesday they have questioned the appropriateness of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's popular e-mail magazine, asking whether it involved misuse of public money.

In questions presented to the speaker of the House of Representatives, the two criticized the weekly magazine for having content mainly consisting of Koizumi's personal opinions, saying it is problematic for public money to be spent on such ''private propaganda.''

Nakai and Shiota asked the government to reveal the budget and funding sources for the magazine.

They also asked it whether the magazine may violate the Finance Law as being non-designated spending or the Public Offices Election Law as being an election campaign through use of a public servant's position.

Considered a reflection of his high popularity, the magazine had more than two million subscribers as of Tuesday.
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Date:Jul 2, 2001
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