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Aso admits documents altered, offers apology

Aso admits documents altered, offers apology

Aso admits documents altered: Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso has acknowledged that officials from his ministry altered 14 documents in connection with the controversial sale of state-owned land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen. Aso told a news conference on...

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