Mr Abe denies any involvement in the land sale, and says he will step down if anyone can prove otherwise.
He and his wife were badgered into helping the kindergarten, he insists, by its head teacher, YasunoriKagoike, who had used his name to raise money “despite my repeated insistence he should not do so”.
Mr Abe had previously praised Mr Kagoike, however, saying he had an “admirable passion” for education and that they shared a “similar ideology”.
As scrutiny grows, there are signs of revisionism on both sides: all references to Ms Inada and Mrs Abe have been unceremoniously scrubbed from the kindergarten's website.
Tsukamoto has been investigated under hate-speech laws.
It sent notes home to parents referring to Chinese people as shinajin—the rough equivalent of “chink”.
Mr Kagoike's wife, the deputy head, sent a letter to the parent of an ethnic-Korean pupil saying she did not discriminate but “hates Koreans and Chinese”.
MoritomoGakuen is now squirming as much as Mr Abe.
Officials in Osaka say the primary school may not receive a licence to operate when construction is completed.
There have been fewer applicants than expected.
And it has had to change its planned name, to Land of Rice memorial school, from the much grander Prime Minister Shinzo Abe memorial school.
而“Land of Rice memorial ”就必须换掉原定的名字了—这所以伟大首相安倍晋三的命名的学校。