Abe Denies Ordering Land Sale Document Manipulation (News)
Tokyo, March 14 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō denied Wednesday that he has ordered the manipulation of Ministry of Finance documents related to a massive discount sale of a state-owned land plot to school operator Moritomo Gakuen.
Abe also quoted his wife, Akie, as saying that she has not made remarks shown in the original version of the documents.
According to the original documents, MOF officials were told by Kagoike Yasunori, then head of the private education group, that Akie Abe had praised the land plot in western Japan, where Moritomo Gakuen planned to open an elementary school, and encouraged the group to go ahead with the school plan.
"I confirmed with my wife. She said she didn't say such a thing," the prime minister said at a House of Councillors Budget Committee meeting.
The altered version of one of the documents does not include the cited remarks of Abe Akie.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]