6 Education Min. Officials Punished for Being Wined

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)--Japan's education ministry Friday announced punishment of six officials wined and dined by people linked to a scandal-hit association of private kindergartens.

The ministry launched a probe July 15 after receiving information from police about officials entertained by association-linked people including a former head who had been arrested on suspicion of embezzling money from the group.

Education minister Keiko Nagaoka told a press conference that the problem is extremely regrettable and offered her apology. She said she will return one month's pay.

The six officials will take pay cuts for violating the law on national public servants and the code of ethics for them.

Deputy Minister Kazuhiko Yano will get a 10 pct cut for three months. Takashi Fuchigami, former deputy director-general at a ministry bureau, and Mutsuko Inoue, director of the university-industry collaboration and regional research and development division, will each take a 20 pct cut for six months.

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