Aso: Bureau oversaw changes to Moritomo papers

The Yomiuri Shimbun Finance Minister Taro Aso said Monday that the ministry’s Financial Bureau oversaw the altering of internal documents related to the sale of state-owned land to private school operator Moritomo Gakuen, documents that had previously been approved within the bureau.

“It’s a serious matter that the documents were altered. It is regrettable, and we deeply apologize. The Finance Ministry will continue investigations to do our best to regain public confidence,” Aso said at a press conference in the ministry building.

Asked whether he would resign, he said he “hasn’t thought about it.”Speech

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