Tokyo 2020 Olympics minister says donations appropriate

Published Jul. 9, 2015 10:13 a.m. ET

TOKYO (AP) Japan's newly appointed Olympics minister insists donations made to his political support group were handled appropriately.

Toshiaki Endo, who was appointed as minister in charge of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last month, has quickly come under scrutiny over donations his fund-management group received.

Endo's group received $12,000 each from the chairman and the president of a meat company in 2013, Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday.

If the executives had used company money for the donations, it could be a violation of the Political Funds Control Law, but Endo said the money was given as ''contributions from individuals'' and the company chairman said company money wasn't used.

Japan's top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, told a press conference that he sees ''no problem'' with the donations.