Abe Knew of Kake Vet School Plan Earlier Than He Claims

Politics

Tokyo, May 21 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was aware of a veterinary school plan by Kake Educational Institution in February 2015, nearly two years earlier than he claims, a newly disclosed document showed Monday.

Abe was briefed on the plan in a 15-minute meeting with his friend, Kotaro Kake, the head of the school operator, on Feb. 25, 2015, according to the document. The paper is one of the documents submitted by the Ehime prefectural government to the Diet, the country' parliament, on Monday.

Kake explained that his group aims to offer animal medicine education that meets international standards in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, located in the Shikoku western region without a university to train animal doctors, according to the document.

Abe was quoted as saying, "I like the idea of opening such a new animal medicine university (faculty)."

The document raises questions about Abe's remark at the Diet that he learned of the veterinary school project on Jan. 20, 2017, when the group was picked as the operator of the project in a national strategic special zone in Imabari.

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