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Abe denies involvement by himself, wife in discount land sale

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By Kaori Kaneko

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"I checked with my wife and she says she said no such thing."

Is it just me or Abe sounds more and more like Trump ?

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showed that references to Abe, his wife and Aso were removed from the ministry's records of the sale to school operator Moritomo Gakuen.

There it is folks! The evidence has already been burned. The untouchables will go free.

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"I checked with my wife and she says she said no such thing. My wife was neither the person in charge of establishing the school nor Mr Kagoike's boss, so naturally she would not have made such a remark."

Well. It's a good thing for Abe that he doesn't have to rely on statements like that in court, isn't it.

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I'm pretty sure that eventually Aso will have to take one for the team and Abe will walk away scot-free.

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Class act this guy.

Uses his political power to give illegal favors to ultra-nationalistic, racist centers that are indoctrinating children with hate speech. Uses his wife's name to make sure nothing can be linked to him directly.

Then has his minions in the police and other offices to destroy the evidence and has his partners in the deal arrested and put in jail.

When the real evidence does come out, he throws more of his minions under the bus so they can take the punishment instead of him.

We all know the above to be true. The evidence is there. Why is Abe not in jail? He should be in shackles by now.

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This sounds like a great soap opera, except one man is dead, two in prison and the topic is a far right wing school with the intention to brainwash children with fascist, nationalist ideology.

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Abe said: "I checked with my wife and she says she said no such thing"

Damn. Well there you have it. The case is closed.

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It's possible that neither Aso nor Abe were directly involved, but it is clearly a fact that people under the control and direction of Aso as minister doctored the reports with the specific intention of benefiting Abe. So we need to know exactly who was involved at all levels, and why.

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I'm afraid to disagree with the majority here but the rule of law still states innocent until proven guilty. That's Law not opinion, don't like it, tough, that's the way it is!

It seems that the left whingers in here love any opportunity to have a poke at Abe, and his democratically elected majority government!

Seriously, with all that's going on in East Asia at the moment this is what your concentrating on??!! Heaven help us all! When one man has the strength to actually stand up for what he believes in and isn't afraid to want to defend his country against hostile elements who wish to destroy it.

Vote me down I don't care, but I agree that any anti Abe comments seem to get automatically get -5. Needs to be looked at!

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Well, he's denied it again so does the opposition have anything more substantial than Trumpian rumours and conspiracy theories? If not, then the opposition has questions to answer for this disgrace and for wasting so much time and taxpayer money.

This is exactly why no one trusts the opposition in power, they are too incompetent even out of power

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with all that's going on in East Asia at the moment this is what your concentrating on??!!

This is a seriously flawed argument. It's like saying that you shouldn't bother with cancer, if you are extremely busy at work.

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Well, he's denied it again so does the opposition have anything more substantial than Trumpian rumours and conspiracy theories?

Hmm, maybe if they could find some evidence. I wonder if any government agencies doctored any documents to edit out Abe or his wife's name. Someone should look into that, as it would be something substantial, rather than a rumor or a conspiracy theory.

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I wonder if any government agencies doctored any documents to edit out Abe or his wife's name

They already have the original document and there is nothing in it to implicate Abe. What exactly more is there? If nothing, can the opposition be sued for libel and misuse of public resources?

Japan will not be turned into a joke like we are seeing in America with their innumerable unending investigations going nowhere constantly wasting time and money for political purposes. There's no chance of that happening here thankfully

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Nice purple suit.  Spiv.

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It’s funny how Abe and Aso claim to know nothing about this, and the ministry has taken actions that appear to make these totally innocent guys look guilty of something.

How unlucky can they get! Some coincidence that some documents were doctored, even though they don’t show that Akie was involved although her name and behavior is mentioned by sheer coincidence.

opposition parties boycotting debate on the next fiscal year's budget, potentially delaying reforms to boost long-term economic growth.

What reforms to boost long-term economic growth? Was this the year they were going to do some?

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So the wife of the "special adviser" (PM )of Nippon Kaigi and six government ministers all Nippon Kaigi members pressured the finance ministry to sell land at a massive discount to the President of the Nippon Kaigi Osaka Chapter, who now and his wife have been in jail for 9 months no trail. And that's Ok.?

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Documents were altered, it no longer matters if you were involved or not you are fudging the truth.

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Time for Abe to go to jail

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The furniture’s upholstery looks a little tired doesn’t it.

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He is better to perform as an actor than prime-minister, that's true!

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Is it just me or Abe sounds more and more like Trump ?

Everyone knows Trump is one of a kind....thank god.

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Liar, liar, pants on fire!

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Lol! “Even before I altered the documents, it wasn’t really there.”

Sounds like a kid caught lying within a lie! Oh wait, whats this security law you are making to “protect” us from bad guys. IMO bad guys who take state funds and then get all corrupt with it should be charged with treason and corruption.

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Harry_GattoToday  04:29 pm JST

I'm pretty sure that eventually Aso will have to take one for the team and Abe will walk away scot-free.

Agreed....thats the best outcome we can hope for as this will not bring Abe down ( it might if this was South Korea but TIJ).

I, d be pretty happy to see the Aso princeling gone...he is just as arrogant as Abe , if not more...good riddance hopefully .

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Abe and Aso need to goto jail.

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deny, deny, deny, the tried and true approach by every known despot ever!!!

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@fxgai

maybe not far off the mark.

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, and his democratically elected majority government!

That was some certified B.S. you wrote,topping it off with the above. There's nothing really democratic about this government when the kindergarten operator in this whole scandal,has been in detention since July last year with no access to his lawyers or having charges brought against him. I thought this was China as we know they've been doing it again recently.But your "so-called" democratic govt is a lying, contemptible,conniving disgrace.But for you and your fellow abe lovers. I understand your weakness.

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What kind of joke is this ? Both Abe and Akie are suspects in the case, yet the parliament allowed Abe to speak publicly that "he and his wife were not involved in a discount land-sale deal". This is a collusion. Akie will say exactly the same thing when asked because she was watching the parliament drama at home and wouldn't miss even one word of it. Should Abe declare his relationship with Akie first to the parliament and excuse himself from the answer and let the police do the investigation ? As I said, Abe will do anything to keep his PM job, anything means anything.

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Instead of asking Aso why Akie's name was removed from the document, Abe said "When you look at the documents even before they were altered, it is clear that my wife and I were not involved". Another collusion. The document can't alter itself, but it was altered. That is the point. Similarly, the price can't drop by itself, but it was dropped. That is another point. Akie can't be born a honorable principle of the privileged school, but she was. That is the third point. No man would kill himself because of being sane unless he was guilty, but the man in the case did. That is the fourth point. Through two points, one can draw a line; through three points, one can draw a plane; through four points, one can draw a diamond; how many more points do we need to the case ?

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snakery move

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Clearly this fraud is enough for BOTH abe & aso to step down at minimum if not led off in cuffs!

Hey abe, aso, if you are both so innocent why take a polygraph .........thought not!

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What puzzles me is why "all Politicians" continue to lie?

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What puzzles me is why "all Politicians" continue to lie?

Because they're just the mouth pieces for who's really running the show, the Central Banksters.

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Typical Politicians .... They cannot even lie straight in bed!

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Is the moritomo cronyism the only such case at all, or the only such case that has been exposed?

Just asking.

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The fact that South Korea jailed its president for almost the exact same thing and these two clowns are still running around free AND still in power speaks volumes about the progressiveness of both countries

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Cracaphat,

“the kindergarten operator in this whole scandal,has been in detention since July last year with no access to his lawyers or having charges brought against him.”

This statement is not true. Mr and Mrs Kagoike have been indicted on various fraud charges and do have access to their lawyers.

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Prosecution must ascertain from Yasunori Kagoike and his wife as to how much money had exchanged hands to grab the government land deal for starting kindergarten school at Osaka.

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