Nakasone Denies Role in Scandal

From Associated Press

Former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone said Monday that three of his aides had bought bargain shares in the company at the center of a stock-profiteering scandal, but he denied any personal involvement in the affair.

“I regret my aides’ purchase of shares occurred because of my poor supervision,” Nakasone said in a nationally televised news conference. “But I am innocent and played no role in the scandal.”

The largest opposition party, the Socialists, expressed dissatisfaction with Nakasone’s remarks and repeated demands the government summon him to testify before Parliament concerning the scandal.