Japan Govt Acknowledges Existence of Papers on Document-Tampering

Society

Tokyo, May 6 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Thursday acknowledged the existence of documents related to the tampering of official records about the dubious discount sale of state land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen.

The government plans to submit the documents to Osaka District Court on June 23 for a hearing in a lawsuit filed by the widow of Toshio Akagi, a former Finance Ministry bureaucrat who committed suicide in 2018 over the tampering scandal.

The documents include a detailed account of the tampering process in chronological order and the emails regarding the scandal between the ministry's Financial Bureau and Kinki Local Finance Bureau.

The government had previously declined to say whether the documents existed. Once revealed, the documents may shed light on how and why the government ordered the doctoring of documents related to the discount land sale to the school operator once linked to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife, Akie.

According to the suit, Akagi, a former employee at the local finance bureau, tampered with official documents under the orders of a superior on multiple occasions from February 2017.

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