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What to believe? Official records, or more of Abe’s Kake denials?

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Having just read the latest Kake scandal documents submitted to the Diet by the Ehime prefectural government, I thought this could be the stuff of a well-plotted novel of corporate intrigue.

The blurb may read like this: "A company president, discouraged by the difficulties his most cherished project keeps facing, finally scores a grand slam after he pulls every political string he has at his disposal ..."

According to a detailed account written by a prefectural official, the Kake Educational Institution was fearful that its plans to open a new faculty of veterinary medicine in Ehime Prefecture under the government's National Strategic Special Zone program could be rejected in favor of a competitor eyeing for business in the city of Niigata.

Kotaro Kake, head of the institution, sought to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. But the meeting........

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