March 23, 2017 / 1:33 AM / 4 months ago

Japan principal of scandal-hit school says he got 1 million yen donation from PM's wife

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TOKYO (Reuters) - The head of a Japanese school at the heart of a political scandal received a donation of 1 million yen ($8,980) from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife in 2015, he told parliament in sworn testimony on Thursday.

"It was an honour so I clearly remember," said Yasunori Kagoike, adding that he received the donation in an envelope from the first lady, Akie Abe.

The prime minister has denied that Akie donated 1 million yen to the school on his behalf.

The prime minister also has said neither he nor his wife intervened in a sweetheart land deal in which the educational group Moritomo Gakuen bought state-owned land at a fraction of its appraisal price to build an elementary school.

Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Joseph Radford

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