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Finance Ministry will not probe Moritomo Gakuen scandal again: Aso

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A typical case of chicanery manipulated by career bureaucrats to camouflage facts. I see more chicanery the more they say they won't reopen investigations into the Moritomo Gakuen scandal.

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Consider it swept under the carpet, Aso-san.

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Consider it swept under the carpet, Aso-san.

Yes and Japanese citizens/educators also don't seem to mind.

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Comedy gold. But not for the family of Toshio Akagi, the man who killed himself. More blood on the hands of Abe and Aso. How long until the Japanese people wake up and throw these monsters into the sea?

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I'll say it again: This is part of the context for why the PM wanted to extend the mandatory retirement age for his top prosecutor.

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This is no big surprise, really. The ultimate goal of changing Article 9 of the constitution has not yet been achieved. Expect more.

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Despite this, Aso said that he does not think that "new facts have been found (after the ministry's investigative report was compiled), so we have no intention to launch another investigation."

The letter is new evidence is it not? How can you dismiss the suicide letter so easily?

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The other point is that Sagawa still hasn't given an account. In the Diet grilling, he no-commented key questions on the basis that he could be criminally liable. So.....if there's to be no criminal case anyway, haul Sagawa back and get him to answer!

Japan Government: "Naaah."

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What upsets me is that people do not pursue this, but make a big fuss about that hanami party. Moritomo involved forcing subordinates to knowingly alter legal documents, i.e., to commit criminal fraud. People have no sense of scale.

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In case anyone is unfamiliar with the Moritomo Gakuen land sale scandal, I refer him/her to the entry of "Moritomo Gakuen” on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moritomo_Gakuen

In order to purchase the state-owned prime land in Osaka advantageously (for ¥134 million or 14% of its estimated market value), the Kagoikes seem to have cozied up to the Abes, installing Mrs. Akie Abe as honorary principal of the school, which was originally to be called Abe Shinzo Memorial Elementary School.

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it's all dirty business at the top!

disgusting.

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Sagawa’s standard response had been that he could not comment due to on going investigations. Has he been asked for comments now that the investigations are completed and per Abe no intentions of new investigations?

He’s going to say that he’s being sued so he can’t comment.

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Next time I commit a crime, I'll also put a stop to any investigation.

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Where are the prosecutors when you need them, they have conveniently refused to prosecute where it is clear they need to moritomo, kakei, hanami, olympic bribery to name a few. The silence of the mainstream media is the main reason the inaction continues.

What a complete contrast with their S.Korean counterparts who uphold the principle that everyone is equal under the law and go after even the president. Until the citizens show interest and hold authorities accountable the trend will continue unabated.

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Rotten to the core.

Corruption takes care of corruption.

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What does it say about Japan’s democracy that its voters prefer Abe/Aso to any would-be alternatives?

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And rightly so. Reopening may lead to the demise of our beloved Abe and we don’t want that to happen, do we?

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What does corruption look like? What does a banana republic look like?

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It’s the tip of the iceberg. Remember, loose lips sink ships

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga always boasts Japan is a constitutional country based on law. Everything is done according to law: unjustified sale of state-owned land,  reclamation of land to construct a new base for U.S. forces Japan, et cetera and et cetera.

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That rug is getting awfully lumpy sir

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Nothing to see here, just move along, nothing to see here...

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A very very very BIG why ???. Totally guilty for sure.

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expat,

Nothing to see here? It's nothing to make a fuss about? Really? 

If similar problems occurred in the United States, can you tell people, "Disregard it, folks, Just move along, Make America great again"?

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The question I want to know is when is the land being returned to the government and the buildings demolished?

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A man died, the husband of a living human died ???. No probe despite evidence ???. Justice where atre U. If

abe have nothing to fear, why no probe ???. Tax payers are willing to pay.

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Despite the fact that P.M. Shinzo Abe rejected outright the re-opening of the investigation into the Moritomo Gakuen land sale case, saying it's unnecessary because the case had been cleared thoroughly by now, I strongly endorse the reinvestigation of it. 

Why could Moritomo Gakuen buy state-owned land for Y130 million or 14% of its estimated value of Y956 million?

The newest issue of Weekly Bungei Shunju magazine is reported to carry an article answering that question, confirming the decision was made by some higher-ups.

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