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Abe Denies Alleged Donation to Embattled Moritomo Gakuen

Abe Denies Alleged Donation to Embattled Moritomo Gakuen

   Tokyo, March 17 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday ruled out a possibility that he made a donation of one million yen to embattled nationalist school operator Moritomo Gakuen, as its outgoing head, Yasunori Kagoike, claims.
   "I have no personal relationship with Kagoike," Abe told a House of Representatives committee meeting. "I never make such a large donation to someone like him."
   When a group of House of Councillors lawmakers inspected Moritomo Gakuen's planned elementary school in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, the previous day, Kagoike told them that his group received a donation of one million yen from the prime minister via his wife, Akie, in September 2015.
   "I've never done that, including through my wife or any third party," Abe stressed at the Lower House committee meeting. "My wife hasn't made a donation personally, either."
   Akie Abe was to become honorary principal of the planned Moritomo Gakuen school. She quit the post after a shady state land purchase for the school came under the media spotlight last month.

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