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Japan Top Spokesman Denies PM Involved In Another School Scandal
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17 May 2017 10:25 AM EST

Japan's top government spokesman denied on Wednesday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had intervened to help an educational institution run by a friend get permission to set up a veterinary school in a state special economic zone.
Opposition parties have been questioning Abe and other officials for months about the matter.
It is Japan's second political controversy over a school in recent months. In the other case, an educational group with ties to Abe's wife got what critics said was a favorable land deal to build a new school..
Abe has repeatedly denied involvement in either affair.
The Asahi newspaper reported on Wednesday that it had obtained documents showing the Cabinet Office had told the education ministry the prime minister wanted the new school approved, and that it was of interest at the "highest level" of the prime minister's office.
"I am aware of the report, but it is not true," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular news conference.
"The prime minister gave no support at all," he added.
Opposition lawmakers have questioned the process by which the government decided to allow a veterinary department to be set up in the special economic zone in southwestern Japan, since the government has not approved such departments in decades for fear of a glut of veterinarians.
An official at the educational institute, Kake Educational Institution, could not immediately comment on the media reports, which have also said the city where the new department would be located gave the land for free and tha

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