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Koizumi Jr. says Moritomo scandal cannot be dismissed as personal issue

  • March 6, 2017
  • , Nikkei , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

On March 5, LDP Agriculture and Forestry Division Director Shinjiro Koizumi remarked on how Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife Akie accepted the position of honorary principal at an elementary school that Moritomo Gakuen is planning to open. He said, “If a problem arises, it cannot simply be dealt with as a personal issue. At this point, we must carefully consider how we should support Mrs. Abe from now on.” As for the question of whether Mrs. Abe is a private citizen or a public figure, Koizumi’s answer was: “I don’t think it’s a matter of one or the other.”


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