Abe to explain Kake scandal before lower house committee
Jiji -- Jul 14
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he will explain before a parliamentary committee the favoritism scandal with a school operator run by his close friend at the center.

Abe phoned Wataru Takeshita, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's parliamentary affairs chief, and told that he intends to attend an opposition-sought session of the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Japan's Diet, for the explanation.

Earlier the same day, Takeshita initially rejected a proposal by Kazunori Yamanoi, the leading opposition Democratic Party's Diet affairs head, to hold the committee's meeting for deliberations to clarify whether the school operator, Kake Educational Institution, was actually given favorable treatment in a government deregulation project to allow the opening of an animal medicine department in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture.

安倍総理大臣が出席する予算委員会集中審議が近く、開かれることになりました。野党の要求を拒否していた自民党は一転、安倍総理の意向で応じることになりました。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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