Following a meeting with former Moritomo Gakuen head Yasunori Kagaoike at the Osaka Detention Center on Friday, opposition lawmakers said Kagoike told them he was certain Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife, Akie, made comments to him in support of a land deal that gave the school a substantial discount.

“Asked whether Akie Abe had praised the land and said to please go ahead with the project, a comment that had been deleted from Finance Ministry documents, Kagoike said there was ‘no mistake’ that she said something along those lines and that she received reports regarding negotiations to purchase the land,” Lower House member Masato Imai of Kibo no To (Party of Hope) told reporters after the 45-minute meeting.

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