As per sources, it has been revealed that in regards to the document falsification case in the Moritomo Gakuen scandal associated to Prime minister Shinzi Abe and his wife, the Finance Ministry has begun taking steps to punish several former and current civil servants, that also includes Nobuhisa Sagawa a former National Tax Agency Commissioner.
The sources further added that the ministry will consider the fact that Sagawa, the director-general of the Financial Bureau at the time, and a few other state officials were involved in the manipulation.
Moreover, the ministry would be considering implementing disciplinary actions such as pay hikes.
The responsibility of Budget Bureau Director-General Shigeaki Okamoto, who as deputy vice minister was in charge of managing official documents at the ministry has also come under scrutiny as per the sources.
Any official that would be found involved in the scandal once the results of an investigation by the Osaka District Public Prosecutor’s Office are released would be severely punished as per Finance Minister Taro Aso.
On Friday, May 18th Aso also revealed via a news conference that he wishes to appoint successors for former Vice Minister of Finance Junichi Fukuda, who resigned in the previous month following sexual harassment allegations and Kagawa, “by the end of the ongoing session” of the Diet on June 20 if the results of the probe are available.
Back in February 2017, a plot of state land was sold by the Finance Ministry’s Kinki local Finance Bureau at a huge discount to ultranationalist school operator Moritomo Gakuen.
As per reports, it was also revealed that Abe’s wife, Akie, had been appointed as honorary principal of a proposed elementary school Moritomo has planned to build on the purchased land.
Between the February disclosure and April that year, Akie’s name and various other documents in archives identified with the shady land deal were erased or manipulated in the nitty gritty records of the deal negotiations.
Sources also revealed that the ministry is scheduled to submit unaltered, original documents to the Diet on Wednesday, because of the request of opposition parties.
On March 9th, Sagawa gave his resignation as head of the tax agency, specifically for disorderly Diet negotiations with his testimony on the document-tampering. Furtherly he also accepted a 20 percent pay cut for three months due to undermining trust in state administration.
Aso has hinted that the ministry can also impose a much stricter punishment on Sagawa, however, for now, nothing could be said certainly as it all falls on the results of the investigation.