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Abe avoids mentioning Kake Educational Institution scandal

  • May 23, 2017
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

On May 22, the government’s Council on National Strategic Special Zones, chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, compiled a report evaluating the projects undertaken by the nation’s 11 special zones in FY2016. Okayama-based Kake Educational Institution, which is headed by a friend of Abe, plans to set up a veterinary school in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, in April 2018, and the report says, “Kake Educational Institution plans to open the school after receiving approval. The project’s progress should be closely monitored.”

 

During the meeting, Abe said, “Special zones that are making little progress on reform should have a sense of urgency and recognize that it will be hard for them to maintain their special zone status [unless they take action].” But the prime minister did not mention Kake Educational Institution’s plans.

 

According to the Cabinet Office, lawmakers who attended the meeting voiced their opinions, keeping in mind the revelation of a document that says Kake’s plans were “as the prime minister intends.” “It is said to be unclear how [Imabari was designated a special zone], but that’s not the case at all. [Kake] should establish a second and a third school there,” one person said. “Today’s discussions were straightforward. If things continue as they are, Kasumigaseki will not be able to implement bold reforms,” said another. In this way, lawmakers supported Kake’s plans, and no one spoke against them. The evaluation report said Imabari City’s proposal “is based on regional characteristics and promoting the utilization of pioneering regulatory reform items.”

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