Controversial School Operator Made Pupils Support Abe (News)
Tokyo, Feb. 27 (Jiji Press)—A kindergarten run by the private school operator at the center of a controversial land acquisition deal made its pupils express support for Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, an opposition lawmaker said Monday.
During a meeting of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, Fukushima Nobuyuki of the main opposition Democratic Party said the kindergarten in Osaka, western Japan, made a pupil deliver an encouraging message for the prime minister as part of a pledge to play fair in a sports event.
In addition, the kindergarten made pupils voice hopes that China and South Korea will reform themselves and not teach lies about history, as well as a message welcoming the enactment in 2015 of the controversial national security legislation.
Fukushima criticized the Osaka-based school operator, Moritomo Gakuen, for violating the ban, under the basic law on education, on political education favoring a specific party.
In response, Abe said that he does not want kindergarten children to give such messages and that such education is "not appropriate."[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]