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Ruling coalition heavyweights: Senior politicians in Japan’s ruling coalition are pressuring the government to respond to suspicion that bureaucrats forged documents at the center of a cronyism scandal threatening to erode the influence of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

For months, Abe has struggled to draw a line under suspicion that a school operator used ties with Abe’s wife to get a discount deal on land for a school in the western city of Osaka.

Last week, the Asahi newspaper reported that discrepancies in some documents related to the sale suggested forgery.

Finance Minister Taro Aso and one of his most experienced bureaucrats have repeatedly dodged requests to submit the original documents to the Diet, frustrating some ruling party politicians.

“If these documents were forged, this is something that can’t be allowed to happen,” Fumio Kishida, head of policy for Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), said on Wednesday. “The finance ministry has to explain this, and this is what the LDP will call on the finance ministry to do.” Read more

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Ruling coalition heavyweights: Senior politicians in Japan’s ruling coalition are pressuring the government to respond to suspicion that bureaucrats forged documents at the center of a cronyism scandal threatening to erode the influence of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Ruling coalition heavyweights: Senior politicians in Japan’s ruling coalition are pressuring the government to respond to suspicion that bureaucrats forged documents at the center of a cronyism scandal threatening to erode the influence of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Ruling coalition heavyweights: Senior politicians in Japan’s ruling coalition are pressuring the government to respond to suspicion that bureaucrats forged documents at the center of a cronyism scandal threatening to erode the influence of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.