Japan's Finance Ministry has acknowledged that its Financial Bureau asked the ultranationalist educator at the centre of a sweetheart land deal to lie about why it enjoyed a massive discount on the purchase of state land.
Moritomo Gakuen, which had ties with Mr Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie, bought the land at just one-seventh of its appraised value - purportedly over the huge clean-up costs incurred to replace contaminated soil on the site.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 22, 2018, with the headline 'MORITOMO: Why was massive discount given to ultranationalist school in land deal?'. Subscribe
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