Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has received political donations from an acquaintance who is seen to be a foreigner, possibly in violation of the political funds control law, it was learned Friday.
But Kan signaled his intention to stay in office.
In response to a report by the major daily Asahi the same day that Kan has received donations from a South Korean resident in Japan, the prime minister said he did not think the fund provider is a foreigner.
Kan added he believed that the acquaintance carries Japanese citizenship because the person has a Japanese name.
At a House of Councillors Audit Committee meeting, Kan also said that his office confirmed the donations, adding that he plans to return all of the money if the person is found to be a foreign national through detailed examinations.