Citizens' Panel Says Prosecutors Need To Reopen Moritomo Case

Citizens' panel says prosecutors need to reopen Moritomo case

A prosecution inquest panel concluded that prosecutors did a woefully inadequate job in investigating the dubious sale of state-owned land to an educational institution whose one-time head touted his close ties to the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The decision released March 29 obliges prosecutors to reopen their investigation into a scandal that has dogged Abe for well over a year, which also involves the tampering of public documents.

Court Rules Blacking Out Of Moritomo Paper Illegal

Court rules blacking out of Moritomo paper illegal

A court in Osaka has ruled that the government's failure to fully disclose a document in connection with a controversial sale of a state-owned land plot was illegal.

The Osaka District Court on Thursday ordered the state to pay about 500 dollars in compensation to a university professor who asked for the disclosure.

Trial Opens For Ex-moritomo Gakuen Chief

Trial opens for ex-Moritomo Gakuen chief

A former school operator in western Japan has pleaded not guilty to charges of defrauding the central government through subsidies related to construction of an elementary school.

Former Moritomo Gakuen president Yasunori Kagoike and his wife Junko were indicted for defrauding the government, Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City, both in western Japan, out of about 1.5 million dollars in subsidies related to the school and its kindergarten.

Officials Not Indicted Over Moritomo Land Sale

Officials not indicted over Moritomo land sale

Japanese prosecutors have decided not to indict a former senior Finance Ministry official on charges of falsifying public documents concerning the controversial sale of state-owned land to a school operator in 2016.

The prosecutors in Osaka said on Thursday that they also decided not to indict other government officials accused of breach of trust for selling the land at a huge discount.

Abe Again Denies Wife's Role In Moritomo Deal

Abe again denies wife's role in Moritomo deal

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has again denied that his wife Akie was involved in the sale of state-owned land to private school operator Moritomo Gakuen.

Abe spoke in the Diet on Wednesday during a debate with opposition leaders, which was held for the first time in nearly 18 months.

Osaka Authorities Reviewing Moritomo Gakuen

Osaka authorities assessing Moritomo Gakuen

Officials in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, are examining non-public school administrator Moritomo Gakuen over a dubious land deal.

Moritomo Gakuen had been building a primary school on a plot of land earlier possessed by the express that it acquired at a cost far underneath its evaluated value.

Prosecutors To Test Moritomo Subsidy

Prosecutors to test Moritomo subsidy

Japanese prosecutors are required to explore whether Osaka-based school administrator Moritomo Gakuen got a state sponsorship illegally.

Moritomo Gakuen had been building a secretly run primary school on a some time ago state-possessed plot of land that it bought for far not as much as its assessed esteem. The arrangement has been a concentration of level headed discussion in the Diet.