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Too many questions still hanging over land sale scandal

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Important new “testimony” has emerged about the dubious sale of state-owned land to Moritomo Gakuen which cannot be overlooked.

An individual involved in the land sale stated that there were serious problems with the process of calculating the massive reduction in the price of the plot sold to the Osaka-based school operator linked to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife, Akie.

This person also divulged that detailed records existed of how related official documents were falsified. The government has a duty to respond to the new testimony and explain the facts.

The latest revelation was made during the trial in a damages suit filed by the widow of a former Finance Ministry official who committed suicide after becoming embroiled in the scandal.

The testimony was made by a former superior of Toshio Akagi, a bureaucrat with the Kinki Local Finance Bureau who killed himself in March 2018 and left behind notes outlining how he and others at the bureau came under strong pressure to rewrite documents related to the land sale.

What was claimed to be a voice recording of Akagi’s former superior, who was in charge of the land sale, was........

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