Japan principal of scandal-hit school says he got donation from PM's wife

Japan principal of scandal-hit school says he got donation from PM's wifeBy Kiyoshi Takenaka and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) – The head of a Japanese nationalist school at the heart of a political scandal said in sworn testimony in parliament on Thursday that he received a donation of 1 million yen from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife in her husband’s name. The controversy over a sweetheart land deal at the school has chipped away at Abe’s support and sent Japanese shares briefly lower on Thursday, and any questions over the donation could cast further doubt over the deal. Abe has said neither he nor his wife, Akie, intervened in the 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.



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