Tokyo, March 27 (Jiji Press ) — Japan’s government and ruling coalition were relieved on Tuesday to see a former Finance Ministry bureaucrat deny the involvement of politicians in document falsification related to a controversial state land sale.
The sworn testimony by the former bureaucrat, Nobuhisa Sagawa, has dispelled suspicions about political involvement in the document falsification, some government and ruling bloc officials said.
Sagawa, former director-general of the ministry’s Financial Bureau, told parliament that only the bureau was involved in falsifying the documents on the land deal with private school operator Moritomo Gakuen, once linked to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife, Akie.
The government and ruling coalition want to put the document tampering behind them after the scandal weighed heavily on public support for the Abe cabinet, sources familiar with the situation said.
Speaking to reporters, Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said that the involvement of politicians, such as the prime minister, in the document falsification was one of the key points at issue, and that the testimony made it clear that there was no such involvement.