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College football problem overlaps with Moritomo, Kake scandals

  • May 25, 2018
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Tetsuro Fukuyama held a press conference on May 24, during which he referred to a former Nihon University football head coach who has denied ordering a player to commit a vicious foul. Fukuyama said the former head coach “looked like Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former executive secretary to the prime minister Tadao Yanase (who was involved in the Kake Gakuen scandal) and former Finance Ministry Financial Bureau Director General Nobuhisa Sagawa (involved in the Moritomo Gakuen scandal), who all said ‘no instruction from me.’” 


Japanese Communist Party Chairperson Kazuo Shii also criticized the Abe administration at a press conference, saying, “The Abe administration is also shifting its responsibility for all the problems onto someone else.”


Former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba criticized Nihon University at a meeting of his faction, saying: “Although the player met the press and he desperately said how he was feeling, I wonder if the university’s response was appropriate.” Ishiba went on : “Anything like that must not happen in the government and the ruling party. There is always only one truth. We must listen to what people are desperately saying and take up their wishes.”

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