Abe Denies Meeting with Kake in 2015 over Vet School Plan

Politics

Tokyo, May 22 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday denied having had a meeting in February 2015 with the head of a school operator to discuss its veterinary school plan at the center of favoritism allegations against his administration.

"I didn't meet with the school head on the day that has been pointed out," Abe told reporters, referring to a newly disclosed document that says the prime minister had a meeting with Kotaro Kake on Feb. 25, 2015.

Kake, an old friend of Abe, is the head of Kake Educational Institution, which opened a veterinary school in a national strategic special deregulation zone in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, in April this year.

The new document, submitted by the Ehime prefectural government to Japan's parliament on Monday, noted that Abe was briefed on the veterinary school plan in the 2015 meeting with Kake.

Abe was quoted in the document as saying, "I like the idea of opening such a new veterinary school."

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