The rating of the government Shinzo Abe fell because of the scandal surrounding private schools
TOKYO, March 22 — RIA Novosti, Xenia Naka. The rating of the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has fallen by 10 percentage points, which was the largest decline in the popularity of the government in 2012, when the Cabinet led by Shinzo Abe, according to a survey conducted by the newspaper “Yomiuri” on March 18-19.
According to these data, the rating of the government fell from 66% to 56% on the background of the scandal around the private educational institution “Moritomo Gakuen”. The newspaper reminds that during the first Abe Cabinet in 2006-2007, his approval rating from 70% in the early fell to 20% in less than a year amid corruption scandals. As a result, after 366 days after the formation of Prime Minister Abe and his government resigned.
About a month ago, appeared in the media information about the “Moritomo Gakuen” in Osaka, which currently belongs to the kindergarten. The company decided to build its own elementary school, but it turned out that the purchase of state land for the school, its price was too low. In addition, it became known that the company’s management abused the benefits from the state, inflating their construction costs. Further, it was found that at children’s parties children chanted slogans praising the Prime Minister Abe and his legislative initiatives.
When it became clear that in kindergarten twice visited the wife of the Prime Minister Akie Abe, the scandal has become a political context. Attempts to prove that the wife of the Prime Minister received a fee, was not successful. Then it was to play the map in the trip, which is considered private, it was accompanied by a civil servant. However it became known later that he didn’t travel, and therefore the law was not violated.
When the line with the wife of the head of the Cabinet of Ministers began to wane, the object of criticism was the defense Minister Tomomi Inada, which was criticized in that it represented the “Moritomo Gakuen” in court 13 years ago as a lawyer.
Thus, the scandal around the “Moritomo Gakuen”, which, in essence, is the issue of unscrupulous business dealings and questionable system of education for an individual company, it became a political issue, which has led to the largest drop in popularity of the government.