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Japan PM accused of giving cash for nationalistic school

  • Yasunori Kagoike, head of an ultra-nationalistic Japanese school operator, gestures as he testifies before an upper house panel at the parliament in Tokyo, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Kagoike, at the center of a land and political scandal, testified in parliament that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($9,000) through his wife for an elementary school where she once was honorary principal. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Yasunori Kagoike, head of an ultra-nationalistic Japanese school operator, gestures as he testifies before an upper house panel at the parliament in Tokyo, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Kagoike, at the center of a land and political scandal, testified in parliament that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($9,000) through his wife for an elementary school where she once was honorary principal. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Yasunori Kagoike, head of an ultra-nationalistic Japanese school operator, testifies before an upper house panel at the parliament in Tokyo, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Kagoike, at the center of a land and political scandal, testified in parliament that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($9,000) through his wife for an elementary school where she once was honorary principal. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Yasunori Kagoike, head of an ultra-nationalistic Japanese school operator, testifies before an upper house panel at the parliament in Tokyo, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Kagoike, at the center of a land and political scandal, testified in parliament that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($9,000) through his wife for an elementary school where she once was honorary principal. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Yasunori Kagoike, center, head of an ultra-nationalistic Japanese school operator, walks in to testify before an upper house panel at the parliament in Tokyo, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Kagoike, at the center of a land and political scandal, testified in parliament that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($9,000) through his wife for an elementary school where she once was honorary principal. Abe has denied the donation or any influence in the scandal stemming from a questionable 2016 state property sale to Kagoike. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Yasunori Kagoike, center, head of an ultra-nationalistic Japanese school operator, walks in to testify before an upper house panel at the parliament in Tokyo, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Kagoike, at the center of a land and political scandal, testified in parliament that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($9,000) through his wife for an elementary school where she once was honorary principal. Abe has denied the donation or any influence in the scandal stemming from a questionable 2016 state property sale to Kagoike. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)  (The Associated Press)

The head of an ultra-nationalistic Japanese school operator at the center of a land and political scandal has testified in parliament that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($9,000) through his wife for an elementary school where she once was honorary principal.

Yasunori Kagoike, head of the Moritomo Gakuen group, said First Lady Akie Abe handed him the cash in an envelope on behalf of her husband during her September 2015 visit to Kagoike's kindergarten in Osaka.

Abe has denied the donation or any influence in the scandal stemming from a 2016 state property sale to Kagoike at one-seventh of its appraised price. Such a donation is not illegal.

Kagoike's school is known for a curriculum that resembles that of pre-World War II militaristic Japan.