Prosecutors Reconfirm No Indictment over Moritomo Gakuen Scandal


Osaka, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)--The Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office decided again on Friday not to indict former senior Finance Ministry bureaucrat Nobuhisa Sagawa and nine others over the Moritomo Gakuen cronyism scandal that hit the administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The renewed decision, which cited insufficient evidence, followed a reinvestigation into allegations, including forgery and breach of trust, against them, after the initial decision was questioned by a prosecution inquest panel of ordinary citizens.

The latest decision puts an end to the case, as it will not be reviewed by such a panel under the prosecution inquest system.

The scandal unfolded with a series of revelations from February 2017, including that of the sale of a state-owned land plot at a massive discount to Moritomo Gakuen, a school operator then linked to Abe's wife, Akie.

In March 2018, the Finance Ministry admitted to manipulation of documents related to the controversial land deal.

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