April 29, 2017

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Akkido Case

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スクリーンショット 2017-03-20 12.08.45

In a Diet session on March 2nd, MP Taro Yamamoto referred to the Moritomo Gakuen case as the Akkido case (アッキード), which is a play on words of the Lockeed case (ロッキード)and the nickname of Akie Abe, Akki. This was perceived to be very funny among the Japanese public, but Prime Minister Abe was very offended.

The Moritomo Gakuen case is a political scandal where a state owned chunk of land worth 965,000,000 yen was sold to the school at the cost of 2,000,000 yen, which is considered practically nothing.

The Lockeed case is also a bribery scandal which was revealed 40 years ago and it involved three hundred million yen, which led to the dismantling of the Kakuei Tanaka government at that time.

The Lockeed case and the Moritomo Gakuen scandal share some similarities and often are compared to each other by Japanese journalists.

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