New Paper Emerges over Kake Scandal, Suggests Link with Abe

Politics

Tokyo, April 10 (Jiji Press)--A new document emerged Tuesday over a cronyism scandal involving Kake Educational Institution, saying its plan to open a university veterinary school in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, was a matter related to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

In its Tuesday morning edition, the Asahi Shimbun daily reported that the Ehime prefectural government produced a document on an April 2, 2015, meeting between Tadao Yanase, then executive secretary to Abe, and officials of the prefectural and Imabari city governments at the prime minister's office in Tokyo.

In the document, dated April 13, 2015, Yanase, currently vice minister for international affairs at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, is quoted as saying that the plan to open the school in a national strategic special zone in the western Japan city was a "prime minister-related matter."

Yanase issued a statement on Tuesday denying that he made such a remark. "I've never met with officials of Ehime Prefecture or Imabari as far as I can remember," he also said, as he did during a parliamentary meeting in July last year.

But later in the day, Ehime Governor Tokihiro Nakamura admitted at a press conference in Matsuyama, the capital of Ehime, that the reported document is a note made by a prefectural official who attended the meeting in question.

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