Recently the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (日本経済新聞) Electronic Edition reported the following:
2019/3/20 6:30日本経済新聞 電子版
"Kinryu" (金龍), a Ryotei (料亭) [ a high-class Japanese style restaurant] in Akasaka (赤坂) which many politicians had visited would be closed by the end of March. It was opened in 1928 and had been operating for over 90 years with relocation and temporary closures. It was a venue for “Ryotei Politics” where the LDP Nakasone faction repeatedly met the “YKK”s - the late Deputy Governor Yamazaki, the late Secretary General Koichi Kato, and the former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
It was said that in the old days meetings of politicians from several factions were held on the same day, and they were guided into the rooms so as to avoid bumping into each other. Mr. Koizumi seemed to have also visited Kinryu since the start of this year.
Criticism over closed-room politics had gradually made politicians leaving the Ryotei, Ryotei also decreased entertaining private companies, thus the situation in which Ryotei operated had changed.
Kinryu had been temporarily closed due to renovation of its dilapidated building structure etc. but was reopened in 2009. The restaurant was continued in a new business style with bar counters and table seats so that even “first-time customers” would enjoy. Akinobu Akiba, the Ryotei owner who decided to close the restaurant recalled that " in the old days, both sides of the restaurant and at the front were 3 restaurants".
In Akasaka, which was near Nagata-cho where the Diet was located, there were more than 60 restaurants at its peak, but now there were just a few. Akiba-san said, " I do not care demolishing a long-lasting restaurant building; I have not decided what to do after closing the restaurant."
So, in future when Japanese script writers of TV dramas or movies try to write about the political activities of the LDP Nakasone faction and the “YKK”s, they should be true to history in that “Kinryu" in Akasaka was once the venue where politics were discussed.