In Japan, right-wing school scandal entangles two women close to Abe

New York Times
March 24, 2017

Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada may have a difficult time regaining public trust after a scandal involving a right-wing education group, and another related to the role of Japanese Self Defense Forces operating in South Sudan, Sasakawa USA’s Jeffrey Hornung told the New York Times in an article on March 21.

The article, by Motoko Rich, details “allegations that a right-wing education group received improper political favors.” Minister Inada appeared in court on behalf of the school group in 2004, which she previously had denied. At the same time, Inada is reacting to another scandal involving Japanese troops, who are prohibited by law from participating in combat missions, but who may have been involved in such conflicts in South Sudan, according to recently surfaced reports.

“It’s hard to see how she’s going to gain any amount of authority or trust from the public, let alone the people she has authority over,” Dr. Hornung said in the article. Click here to read the full article.

Sasakawa USA’s Tobias Harris also weighed in on the scandal in a CNBC article.

“It is increasingly unlikely that the scandal will fatally undermine the PM’s administration,” he said, citing a lack of evidence to prove allegations regarding Akie Abe’s relationship with the school group.

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