Japan PM Abe did not donate to school at heart of scandal – government spokesman


TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not donate money to the operator of a nationalist school at the heart of a scandal that is chipping away at the government’s support ratings, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday.

Suga said he had confirmed with Abe that he had not made such a donation himself or through a third party.

The school’s principal, who said last week he was resigning, told a group of parliamentarians earlier in the day that Abe had donated money for an elementary school he had planned to open next month. The remark was shown on Japanese TV.

(Reporting by Linda Sieg; Editing by Nick Macfie)

(THE STAR)

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