Ex-MOF Exec Sagawa Unlikely to Be Indicted over Moritomo Scandal

Society

Osaka, May 31 (Jiji Press)--Public prosecutors are seen giving up indicting former Japanese Ministry of Finance official Nobuhisa Sagawa over the falsification of documents on the controversial huge discount sale of a state land lot to school operator Moritomo Gakuen, it was learned Thursday.

More than 300 sections in 14 sets of documents were manipulated after the questionable land deal came to light in February last year. Among the altered sections were descriptions on the process of negotiations on the land deal between the MOF and Moritomo Gakuen and those including the name of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife, Akie.

The MOF's Financial Bureau is believed to have instructed the falsification to make the sections in question consistent with remarks Sagawa made over the land deal at parliamentary meetings. Sagawa was director-general of the bureau when the tampering took place.

By questioning Sagawa and MOF officials involved in the alteration on a voluntary basis, the special investigation team found that many parts of the documents were doctored.

But the team sees it difficult to indict them, as key parts in the documents, such as the terms of the land sale contract, were not falsified and it therefore cannot be said that the essence of the papers changed substantially compared with original documents, according to informed sources.

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