Advisory panel postpones decision on Kake school

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A government advisory panel has postponed its decision on whether to approve a plan to establish a new veterinary medicine faculty by Kake Educational Institution, a school operator at the center of a favoritism scandal involving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, informed sources said Thursday.

The Council for University Chartering and School Juridical Person, which advises the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology minister, is unlikely to make its decision at least until October, the sources said. A decision was initially planned to be made by the end of this month. The sources said that the postponement is due to the insufficiency of education programs submitted by Kake, based in Okayama and headed by a close friend of Abe.

In March, Kake applied for permission to allow Okayama University of Science, which it runs, to open a new department of veterinary medicine in April next year. Speech

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