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Newly found email indicates Deputy CCS Hagiuda’s involvement in Kake Gakuen scandal

  • June 16, 2017
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) revealed on June 15 that an email from the Cabinet Office to MEXT was newly found in its reinvestigation into records relating to the plan by the Kake Educational Institution [Kake Gakuen] to open a new veterinary medicine school.

 

This email was part of prior consultations among the officials in charge of drafting a document on the conditions for approving the establishment of veterinary schools for the meeting of the Council on National Strategic Special Zones on Nov. 9, 2016. The email indicated that Cabinet Office Deputy Director Yutaka Fujiwara had remarked that Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda gave instructions to revise the document to state that veterinary schools “should only be set up in locations where there are no such schools in a broad area.”

 

It has been pointed out that this revision effectively meant that no  institutions other than Kake Gakuen, which is planning to open its veterinary college in Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, where there are no veterinary schools, would be qualified to apply.

 

The subject line of this email was: “Regarding the veterinary school working group (for internal sharing).” It was sent from an official of the Cabinet Office’s Office for Promotion of Regional Revitalization to MEXT officials on Nov. 1, 2016. It came with an attachment indicating the proposed revision that veterinary schools should be “limited to locations where there are no such schools in a broad area” in handwriting.

 

The email recorded the exchanges between Fujiwara and MEXT officials on revisions to the document on the conditions for setting up veterinary schools. It said that “according to Deputy Director Fujiwara, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hagiuda apparently gave the instruction” on the revision. (Slightly abridged)

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