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Former vice education minister admits Kantei’s “pressure” over launch of veterinary school

  • May 25, 2017
  • , Asahi
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Asahi led with an interview with former Vice Education Minister Maekawa, who said he was shown by his subordinates last autumn internal memos referring to a request from the Cabinet Office that the ministry swiftly approve the Kake Educational Institution’s plan to launch a veterinary school in a national strategic special zone in Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture. The documents alleged that the Cabinet Office pressed MEXT to swiftly accommodate the request by saying that it was Prime Minister Abe’s “desire.” The GOJ has dismissed the documents in question, which were first reported by Asahi in mid-May, as groundless in part because they failed to mention their authors’ names or when they were drafted. Maekawa, who stepped down from the post in January this year to take responsibility for a scandal involving job placements for retired public servants, told the daily that “it would be a lie to say we did not feel pressure” from the Kantei. The former official stressed the ministry’s administrative procedures on the launch of the veterinary school were “distorted” as a result.

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