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Cabinet Office will not reopen investigation into existence of Kake document

  • June 10, 2017
  • , Mainichi , p. 1
  • JMH Translation

Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hirokazu Matsuno said on June 9 that the ministry will reinvestigate whether or not documents exist that show the Cabinet Office pressured it to approve the opening of a new veterinary department planned by the “Kake Educational Institution,” which is run by a friend of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Meanwhile, Kozo Yamamoto, minister in charge of local revitalization, said on the same day that “we’ve already questioned the person in charge and confirmed the Cabinet Office was not engaged in such an act.” Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda also indicated that it is not necessary [for the Cabinet Office] to re-investigate the matter, hinting that a second probe will be conducted only within MEXT. (Abridged)

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