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Principal of a Controversial Nationalist School in Osaka Claims He Was Given Money by Abe Family

The head of a nationalist school at the heart of a swirling political scandal said in sworn testimony in the Diet on Thursday that he received a donation of ¥1 million from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife Akie in her husband’s name.

The crisis has chipped away at Abe’s support and even weighed on domestic markets Thursday, but Abe has said neither he nor his wife intervened in a sweetheart land deal in which educational group Moritomo Gakuen, based in Osaka, bought state-owned land at a fraction of its appraisal price to build an elementary school.

Abe has also denied allegations by Yasunori Kagoike, who has said he would step down as head of Moritomo Gakuen, that Akie had donated ¥1 million ($9,000) on the prime minister’s behalf.

Akie had been set to be honorary principal of the school, which was to open in April with a curriculum based on prewar patriotism that taught students to be subjects, not citizens. She cut her ties after the scandal broke. The group also runs a kindergarten with a similar curriculum.


  • Moritomo Gakuen in Osaka, Japan

    The issues with this school are twofold. 

    One:  The company that built the school got the land for dirt cheap - far below market prices, allegedly with the assistance of Prime Minister Abe, his wife (offered role as "Honourary Headmistress") and some other politicians.

    Two:  The school is meant to teach a curriculum based on the beliefs of Nippon Kaigi, a pre-WWII empire-loving Shinto religious cult group that boasts membership including nearly the entire current Japanese government.  Included in the curriculum are notions of Japanese racial, cultural and religious superiority, as well as the merits of imperialism and the domination of other Asian nations.

    The general public, who are very much in favour of continued Japanese pacifism, are pretty peeved at the events surrounding the school.

  • My wife, who is Japanese, expressed dismay over this school - likening it to the Juche brainwashing academies said to exist in North Korea.
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    It's always strange to me. When a nation is utterly destroyed and humbled, one would think that would be enough of a lesson to never return to those former ideas. In fact, it's even more surprising when one looks at what that switch, that turn to peace, has done for Japan in all these years.

    What could these guys possibly get out of diving back into history? Isn't the outcome still fresh in everyone's minds? 
    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • While meeting in dimly-lit smoking rooms over hard liquor they have likely imagined quite an impressive future by returning to the old ways:  More money and guns, reclaimed territory, more international respect, Korea and China returning to their "rightful" positions on their knees before Japan's majesty etc.

    Dangerous, delusional and, of course, in control of an entire nation.
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