Opposition pushes for further scrutiny of Abe favoritism claims

Opposition pushes for further scrutiny of Abe favoritism claims

Opposition pushes for further scrutiny of Abe favoritism claims

Opposition parties called Sunday for continued Diet scrutiny of claims that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used his influence to approve a new department at a university run by a close friend.

The opposition called for further examination of the matter despite the ending of the ordinary parliamentary session Sunday, saying several points still require clarification. But a senior lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said it did not see a need to pursue the matter.

“The fairness of the administrative process is being questioned,” Yoshihiko Noda, secretary general of the main opposition Democratic Party, said on a TV program, noting the project to open a new veterinary medicine department at Okayama University of Science concerned one of the specially deregulated zones overseen by the Cabinet Office.

The university is run by Kake Educational Institution, whose chairman, Kotaro Kake, is a close friend of Abe.

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