Tax agency chief quits over Moritomo

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — National Tax Agency Commissioner Nobuhisa Sagawa, who was involved in the issue of a controversial discount state land sale to private school operator Moritomo Gakuen when he was a senior Finance Ministry official, stepped down from the top post at the agency on Friday.

The government decided to accept his resignation at a cabinet meeting on the same day.

With Sagawa’s resignation, the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to put an end to the land sale issue, although confusion is growing over allegations that the ministry had made changes in documents related to the sale of the land plot in the city of Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, to Moritomo Gakuen, based in Osaka.

The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and five other opposition parties demanded a sworn testimony by Sagawa at the Diet over the suspected document alterations.

Sagawa offered to resign as head of the tax agency, noting that he disrupted deliberations at the Diet due to a lack of sincerity in his Diet remarks, received various criticisms over the management of administrative documents, and was serving as director general of the ministry’s Financial Bureau when the documents in question were submitted to the Diet, Finance Minister Taro Aso told a press conference on Friday night.Speech

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