Japan: Chief of scandal-hit school implicates Abe under oath

Source: The Mainichi [Japan]

“The head of a nationalist Osaka school operator at the center of a growing political scandal repeated Thursday in sworn testimony in the Diet his earlier claim that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($8,900) to the organization. Speaking under oath, Yasunori Kagoike, chief of school operator Moritomo Gakuen, reiterated that the prime minister’s wife Akie Abe gave him the donation on her husband’s behalf in September 2015 when she made a speech at a kindergarten run by the operator. … Moritomo Gakuen paid a fraction of the appraised price in its purchase of the plot in June last year, fueling speculation of political interference in the land deal and scrutiny of Kagoike’s links with the Abes and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada.” (03/23/17)