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Abe has said he had no role in the transaction and has more than once vowed to resign if any connection is found.

Yasunori Kagoike, the school operator, last week claimed he received a one million yen ($8,800) donation from Abe for the primary school, plans for which now have been put on ice.

so if that's not having a role, I don't know what is. If Abe doesn't resign, he will be shown as a liar and not a man of his word.

Some 64 percent of the more than 1,000 respondents to the Yomiuri survey, conducted at the weekend, said they were not convinced by Abe’s denials.

And that's conservative Yomiuri. I'm willing to bet its WAY over 64%.

Abe has said neither he nor his wife made any donation and analysts quoted in local media said even if they had it was not illegal.

But we already know that they did. As for its legality, let the courts decide. But since he lied, he needs to step down.

But if proven it could hurt his political standing as his credibility would be called into question.

Huh? Are you telling me that after all that has been revealed his credibility hasn't already been called into question??

The scandal has also drawn in Abe’s hawkish defense minister, Tomomi Inada, who was forced to apologise to lawmakers after it emerged she had represented Kagoike in court more than a decade ago after saying a day earlier she had not.

forced to apologise? she should have been forced to resign

She is also taking flak in parliament over a parallel scandal related to Japan’s peace-keeping unit in South Sudan that has raised concerns about civilian control of the military.

She needs to be relieved of her post effective immediately. And how is someone who has no military experience the country's defense minister anyway? What does she know about defense? Oh wait..she's part of Nippon Kaigi and is a historical revisionist! I get it now!

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The last snap election for no reason, only about half the people bothered to vote. Abe got just over half, which is about 25% of voters. Yomuri survey of 1000 people. There are 120,000,000 people in Japan.

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Aly RustomMAR. 21, 2017 - 08:45AM JST

"Abe has said he had no role in the transaction and has more than once vowed to resign if any connection is found."

"Yasunori Kagoike, the school operator, last week claimed he received a one million yen ($8,800) donation from Abe for the primary school, plans for which now have been put on ice."

so if that's not having a role, I don't know what is. If Abe doesn't resign, he will be shown as a liar and not a man of his word.

He'll make out that donating money is not the same thing as using his influence to secure the transaction, which is what he said he would resign for. He'll try to weasel and obfuscate his way out of resigning, at least until LDP rivals start sniffing blood and getting their daggers out.

"Abe has said neither he nor his wife made any donation and analysts quoted in local media said even if they had it was not illegal."

But we already know that they did. As for its legality, let the courts decide.

Kagoike's not his constituent so it is apparently legal.

But since he lied, he needs to step down.

Yes, saying he didn't make any donations if Kagoike can prove that he did is really the main problem.

She (Inada) needs to be relieved of her post effective immediately. And how is someone who has no military experience the country's defense minister anyway? What does she know about defense? Oh wait..she's part of Nippon Kaigi and is a historical revisionist! I get it now!

As Il Duce put it himself, "she brings hope." A bit like Obi Wan Kenobi. Or some Nippon Kaigi fantasy land equivalent.

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Simon Agree with you

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With most of the over 60 crowd (they vote a lot BTW), the big issue is getting their nice pension. The other issues with them are "sho ga nai" or "tsk tsk and forget" by the next election, regardless of how bad these issues are (Moritomo school corruption, massive waste of money for Olympic constuction/salaries, declining standards of living for those in their 20s, 30s, 40s...) Anyway, you can see that (pension data scandal) was one of the issues that outed the LDP for a few years, as few other things would.

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@bruinfan,

Totally agree, especially with the pension point. As for sho ga nai, its one of the most.. how to say... upsetting things about Japanese min set.

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""Abe has said neither he nor his wife made any donation and analysts quoted in local media said even if they had it was not illegal."

But we already know that they did. As for its legality, let the courts decide."

Do we know that?

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Teflon Abe will come out unscathed just because the general population is more interested in food programs rather than corruption from elected officials and bureaucrats. What a vast contrast between S.Korea and Japan. Indeed a tale of two countries.

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Ride it out, next will be bigger and better aka Abe's close friend getting land for a University really cheep and as always they are all Nippon Kaigi members that the media somehow overlook.

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