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Abe-Linked School Operator Buys State-Owned Land at Big Discount
Tokyo, Feb. 17 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese private school operator linked to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bought state-owned land for 134 million yen, some 800 million yen lower than the appraised value, according to government statements during a parliamentary panel session Friday.
The Moritomo Gakuen group last year purchased the land in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, for an elementary school set to open in spring. Abe's wife, Akie, has been appointed honorary principal of the school.
In 2014, the group solicited donations to help cover the construction costs for the school, which at the time was named after the prime minster.
At a House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting on Friday, Abe flatly denied that either he, his wife or his offices had been involved in the land deal or the accreditation process for the school.
"If any such involvement is confirmed, I will resign as prime minister and as lawmaker," Abe stressed.