On NHK’s “Nichiyo Toron” Sunday debate show, lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties discussed how to respond to the scandals involving a land deal with Moritomo Gakuen in Osaka and a school project by Kake Gakuen. Alleging that Prime Minister Abe used his influence over the purchase of land and school approval process, the opposition parties stepped up their criticism of the premier. Discussants from the ruling LDP and Komeito Party expressed their readiness to conduct investigations into the cases, but the opposition panelists stressed the need for more thorough investigations, including sworn testimony by a former assistant to Abe.
The panelists also discussed work-style reform and agreed on the need to resolve the abduction issue. Expressing his concern about Secretary of State-Designate Pompeo’s remarks at a Senate hearing on April 12, during which he reportedly stated that the purpose of the upcoming U.S.-DPRK summit is to address the nuclear threat to the United States, Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan policy chief Akira Nagatsuma said that he wants Abe to talk about all of the North Korean missiles, including those capable of reaching Japan, at his summit with President Trump this week.