Photo/IllutrationPrime Minister Shinzo Abe and members of his Cabinet formed in August 2016 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Nearly all the money raised by ministers in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet through fund-raising events in 2016 came from unidentified players, according to political funds reports scrutinized by The Asahi Shimbun.

The funds raised in ticket purchases by unnamed individuals, organizations and businesses came to nearly 700 million yen ($6.24 million), or 94 percent of the total.

While no laws were broken, experts call for stricter disclosure standards.

Seventeen Cabinet members raised a combined 740 million yen in 2016 by hosting 56 fund-raising parties while they were in office.

Of that amount, the names of individuals, businesses and other organizations were listed for only about 40 million yen, or 6 percent of the total.

The Political Fund Control Law requires politicians to identify individuals or businesses in their reports only when the total amount exceeds 200,000 yen per fund-raising function.

Any figure less than that does not need to be explained, other than the sum.

The Asahi Shimbun scrutinized political funds reports submitted by funds management organizations and local chapters of Abe's Liberal Democratic Party.

None of the ticket purchasers was named in political funds reports for 26 of the 56 functions.

Of Cabinet members who held at least three fund-raising functions in 2016, none of the ticket purchasers was identified in the reports of Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and then-Defense Minister Tomomi Inada.

As for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the ratio was 92 percent.

Cabinet members are obliged to adhere to a strict code of ethics that calls for a high degree of transparency in reporting their political activities.

The Political Fund Control Law requires politicians to enter the names of individuals or businesses who contributed more than 50,000 yen per year.

The Asahi Shimbun’s tally showed that the names of contributors or addresses were unknown for 7 percent of some 580 million yen that the 17 Cabinet members received.

Even after expenses are subtracted, 80 percent of the sum raised at fund-raising parties is left to the discretion of politicians in financing their political activities.

(This article was written by Rei Inoue and Kosuke Tauchi.)