MOF Submits Records on Negotiations with Moritomo

Politics

Tokyo, May 23 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Ministry of Finance submitted to the country's parliament on Wednesday copies of original records on negotiations with school operator Moritomo Gakuen, which is at the center of favoritism allegations against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration.

The submission came after former MOF official Nobuhisa Sagawa repeatedly told parliamentary meetings last year that the records had been discarded under MOF rules.

"I'd like to apologize deeply for the explanations given (by Sagawa) in parliament that turned out to be factually inaccurate," said Kazushige Tomiyama, deputy director-general of the MOF's Financial Bureau.

Sagawa was the MOF bureau's director-general when he gave the explanations about the controversial huge discount sale of a state land plot to Moritomo Gakuen, once linked to Abe's wife, Akie.

The copies were submitted to a board meeting of the House of Representatives Budget Committee.

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