Japan finance ministry confirms death of official in scandal

By Linda Sieg and Tetsushi Kajimoto

Media reports said the land was sold for around a tenth of its market value, and that the kindergarten had announced plans to name Abe's wife Akie the honorary principal of a primary school being built on the same plot.

A Finance Ministry official linked to a scandal involving the wife of Japan's prime minister has been found dead, the ministry confirmed Friday, and a second official resigned. The report alleged some parts of the documents submitted to the Diet a year ago were different from the originals. Sagawa was frequently summoned to parliament past year to explain the government's handling of the scandal, and his blunt and impatient responses sparked public criticism.

The employee worked in the department of the ministry managing state-owned assets, according to Jiji. The emergence of a voice recording cast doubt on Sagawa's claim.

The opposition has accused ministry officials of hiding some key documents and colluding to cover up the scandal.

In a rare move, Sagawa had not yet held an inauguration press conference since assuming the post of National Tax Agency head last July, apparently for fear of being grilled over the Moritomo issue.

The body of the unidentified ministry official, who was in charge of state property transactions in western Japan, was found in his home this week, the ministry and media reports said.

More news: Afghan official says Taliban attack kills 15 security forces

The official belonged to a department in charge of the land transaction in February a year ago, when the issue first came to light.

He became caught up in the scandal relating to the sale of the property by a regional Finance Ministry bureau to private school operator Moritomo Gakuen in Osaka in 2016.

The ministry has said the heavily discounted price of the land was due to the cost of removing buried waste at the site.

Abe has denied that he or his wife did favors for the operator of the school, Moritomo Gakuen.

But opposition parties have turned up the heat again after the Asahi newspaper reported that some documents about the land sale may have been doctored.

But the ministry on Thursday released what are essentially the same documents as those previously disclosed to lawmakers and refused to clarify whether they have been revised as reported, citing a continuing internal probe.

Related News:

  • Naresh Agarwal joins BJP after SP denies Rajya Sabha ticket

    Naresh Agarwal joins BJP after SP denies Rajya Sabha ticket

    Agarwal also had a meeting with the Senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. As per reports , he was miffed over being ignored for his nomination to the Upper House.
    Dr Haseeb Drabu Sacked from jammu and Kashmir State Cabinet

    Dr Haseeb Drabu Sacked from jammu and Kashmir State Cabinet

    We are trying to find our own space and going through a process which other countries are also going through". "It is in this we seek your help", he had said.
    Quebec Doctors Protest Their Own Pay Raise

    Quebec Doctors Protest Their Own Pay Raise

    Part of what's driving this is the desperate situation Quebec's nurses say they find themselves in. Barrette said he was now more focused on dealing with the nursing crisis.
  • WWE Star Jeff Hardy Reportedly Arrested for DWI

    He was recently cleared to return and was scheduled to begin training at the WWE Performance Centre in Orlando this month. The police report notes that Hardy totaled his 2016 Cadillac CTS-V with an estimated $8,000 in damages.
    Entry level Apple MacBook launch rumoured for June

    Entry level Apple MacBook launch rumoured for June

    As for the assembly, Quanta Computer obtains 70% of the orders and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) 30%. The new model is said to be priced the same as, or slightly higher, than the current MacBook Air .
    US's Tillerson 'not feeling well', cancels activities in Kenya

    US's Tillerson 'not feeling well', cancels activities in Kenya

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reportedly cut short his Africa trip to attend to "pressing issues" in Washington. On Saturday while visiting Nairobi, Tillerson, 65, canceled his scheduled events because he had been feeling unwell.
  • Google Doodle honours chemist who accidentally discovered synthetic dye

    Google Doodle honours chemist who accidentally discovered synthetic dye

    The Google Doodle has been designed by UK-based illustrator Sonny Ross , who has given the doodle a mauve or violet hue. Following his success in manufacturing, Perkin was knighted on the 50th anniversary of the discovery in 1906.
    Amazon updates Alexa so you don't have to say 'Alexa' repeatedly

    Amazon updates Alexa so you don't have to say 'Alexa' repeatedly

    The blue ring on your Alexa device of choice will light up during these 5 seconds to indicate that she's listening. The company said it would change the command to "Alexa, can you laugh?" ALEXA: "OK, the heat is set to 68".
    Sergio Aguero: Could miss two weeks with knee injury

    Sergio Aguero: Could miss two weeks with knee injury

    Aguero is also a doubt for Argentina's World Cup warm-up friendlies against Italy and Spain on March 23 and 27 respectively. City were emphatic 7-2 victors over Stoke at the Etihad Stadium when the sides faced each other in October.
  • Fashion titan Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91

    Fashion titan Hubert de Givenchy dies aged 91

    The fashion icon, who was famous for styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, died in his sleep on Saturday, his partner said. After selling his empire to Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey (LVMH) in 1988, Givenchy continued to work until 1995.
    Beyoncé And Jay-Z Are Going Back 'On The Run' This Summer

    Beyoncé And Jay-Z Are Going Back 'On The Run' This Summer

    From there, they'll take the tour overseas to Europe, before some dates in North America in July and August. Music superstar couple Beyonce and Jay-Z have announced a summer stadium tour with a stop at New Era Field.
    NC man arrested in connection 32-year-old cold case murder

    NC man arrested in connection 32-year-old cold case murder

    On Friday, 61-year-old Michael Hand was arrested at his home in Troutman by MA state troopers and Troutman police, MA police said. Gilpin said her family was extremely grateful to those who provided information to investigators assigned to her sister's case.


Most liked

What is IPF? Dentists are dying of this rare, incurable lung disease
Health authorities are trying to determine why dentists are dying, after discovering an unusual pattern in lung disease cases. It is characterized by progressive scarring within the lungs, and a median survival rate of just three to five years.

Iranian FM arrives in Islamabad to hold talks with Pakistani leadership
Speaking to journalists, Zarif said Iran's relations with Pakistan's regional rival India are not aimed against Pakistan. The trip is Zarif's seventh to Pakistan in his capacity as foreign minister.

Nokia 9 may sport in-display fingerprint scanner, iPhone X-like notch
In terms of specs, Nokia 8 Sirocco runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, coupled with a 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The devices will also come with an expansion option to expand the memory storage of the devices using a microSD card.

Sherman: Chance to face Seahawks behind 49ers move
He had one season remaining on a four-year, $56 million extension he signed in 2014 after the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII . If anyone had been following the Seahawks this offseason, Sherman's statements may not come as a surprise.

Dropbox sets terms for $612 million IPO
The San Francisco-based company has touted its business as a path to unleashing creative energy and inspired work. The San Francisco-based company reported $1.1 billion in revenue past year , with a net loss of $111 million.

Dolphins reportedly set to release superstar Ndamukong Suh, seeking 'culture change'
Suh has been with the Dolphins the past two seasons after signing a monster six-year, $114.375 million deal with the team. This morning, Suh posted a video on Twitter telling fans to "stay tuned, there will be some exciting news going on".

1 dead, 1 injured after explosion in Austin
According to various news outlets the FBI is coordinating with Austin city police in its investigation of the explosion. March 2, on the 1100 block of Haverford Drive, which is about 12 miles away from Oldfort Hill Drive neighborhood.

France v England - story of the match
Should England do all of this, they would still need to turn around a points difference of 44 points over the course of their two games.

S.Korean envoy briefs China on North Korea
Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono declined to say what concrete action would be taken. -South Korean war games. Yang said China insists on all parties "sticking to solving the issue through dialogue and consultation".

Cristiano Ronaldo powers Real Madrid to 2-1 win against Eibar
Isco and Kroos made way for Benzema and Lucas Vazquez with 19 minutes left but Eibar had two golden chances to score a second. The Neymar issue is more important than ever and a major source of vexation for Doha, being their prized player.

Almost half of USA arms exports go to the Middle East
"Major ongoing arms deals in 2017 included the delivery of combat aircraft from China and Russian Federation ", it says. With the Middle East accounting for 49 percent of total U.S. arms exports, Saudi Arabia was by far its biggest customer.

Kar-Jen clan at Khloe Kardashian's glitzy baby shower
Khloe , 33, went to her social media to post pictures with her sister Kourtney , posing in front of a wall of pink roses. After Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner , it's Khloe Kardashian's turn to welcome her baby girl .

Are human instincts leading us to fake news?
"Even before the internet and social media, people would spread gossip around the water cooler or barbecue", Vosoughi said. This method of cataloguing tweets produced 126,000 true or false cascades involving three million people.

Seoul envoy thanks Xi for 'big role' in NKorea nuclear talks
In Beijing on Monday, Xi told Chung the Korean peninsula faces an important opportunity for talks to ease the situation. China earlier expressed its support for the USA plan to hold an unprecedented summit with the North by the end of May.

Federer opens Indian Wells title defense with 2-day win
Frenchman Gael Monfils survived a match point before beating big-serving American 15th seed John Isner 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3) 7-5. In Melbourne alone, he needed to go the five-set distance three times, including the final against Rafael Nadal .