Yasunori Kagoike, president of the controversial Morimoto Gakuen, posted groundless information about Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga in his column that appears on the website of a kindergarten that he operates, according to a source familiar with the matter. The topic of Moritomo Gauken has been hotly debated in the Diet over its purchase of state-owned land at a bargain price. On the website, Kagoike wrote: “The governor favors the People’s Republic of China, and his son-in-law is also Chinese. He has long wanted to become a follower of the Communist Party of China wholeheartedly so he can be a CPC minion.”
The column is entitled “Principal’s room in the second quarter, 2015.” Though it does not specify the date, it appears that it was written in 2015. In the column, he said that the Okinawa governor who was in office in 1945 was from Osaka and praised him for “dying along with the staff of the prefectural government in June and he not leaving them to die.” But the governor was actually from Hyogo Prefecture. He also referred to Onaga by using that governor as an example and wrote about the base issue.
Kagoike pointed out in the column that Governor Onaga was asked about his relationship with China at a question and answer session held at the prefectural assembly in October 2015, but he denied the rumor about his family.
On the relocation of the U.S. Marines Corps Air Station Futenma and construction of a new military facility in Henoko, Nago, Kagoike wrote in the column: “Many people are living on the U.S. bases. Some people own the rights to land there. Many people do not want the base location to be changed. Some people do not like the U.S. military presence in Okinawa, but others support the idea of moving the Futenma base because its present location is dangerous. There are also people who want to maintain the status quo.”
The kindergarten distributed to the parents of its students a document saying “ethnic Koreans and Chinese people are biased.” The Osaka prefectural government suspects that the comment could constitute hate speech and has interrogated Kagoike in the past.
The Ryukyu Shimpo inquired with the kindergarten about the contents of the column, but was told that “there is nobody here at present who can respond to the inquiry by phone.” A similar inquiry was also made by email, but there had been no response as of Feb. 24.