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New details about Moritomo land sale emerge - News - NHK WORLD - English

Moritomo land sale scandal - allegation that the Abe government sold state-owned land in Osaka to the Moritomo Gakuen school corporation deliberately at an illegally huge discount. If the allegation were a fact, the officials who took part in the negotiations would be held accountable for malfeasance under Japan’s criminal law. Many people in Japan heard yesterday’s NHK revelation, which suggests an extraordinary discount was done on government’s initiative, and became convinced that wrongdoing by the officials is unquestionable.

Yasunori Kagoike, former president of Moritomo Gakuen, is an admirer of PM Abe; in addition, Abe’s wife Akie was once given the status of honorary headmaster of the elementary school that Moritomo built on the land bought from the government. Though PM Abe denies any wrongdoing, people have a strong suspicion that Abe and his wife are behind the incident.

Recently the Abe administration appointed Nobuhisa Sagawa, the Finance Ministry bureaucrat who defended the government from the Moritomo allegation with his testimony before the Diet, as chief of the National Tax Agency. This move triggered public anger - Abe rewarded a subservient official with higher position!

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