7 Years Sought for Moritomo Gakuen Ex-Chief over Fraud Charges

Society

Osaka, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)--Public prosecutors demanded a prison term of seven years on Wednesday for Yasunori Kagoike, former chief of a school operator once linked to the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, over fraud charges related to public subsidies.

A seven-year prison term was also sought for his wife, Junko.

In closing arguments at Osaka District Court, prosecutors said there was "clear intent to deceive" local and national governments regarding subsidies granted to Moritomo Gakuen, Kagoike's education group, partly for opening an elementary school.

With the end of trial hearings on Wednesday, the verdict will be passed down on Feb. 19 next year.

Kagoike, 66, admitted that Moritomo Gakuen had fraudulently received subsidies from the Osaka city and prefectural governments, but denied that the funds were misappropriated for private purposes. He also denied charges over state subsidies.

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