12 Mar '18, 1am

Japan cronyism scandal hits Abe's popularity, poll shows

Japan's finance ministry is poised Monday to admit to doctoring key documents related to a favouritism scandal dogging Shinzo Abe, as a new poll suggested the affair is hitting the prime minister's popularity. Abe and his finance minister Taro Aso face mounting pressure over the scandal, which has resurfaced in recent days with allegations that officials altered key evidence to parliament. The scandal emerged last year and concerns the sale of land to a close friend of Abe at a price said to be around one tenth of its normal value. Opposition politicians have alleged the buyer of the land -- a right-wing operator of private schools -- was able to clinch the sale at such a favourable price because of his ties to the Abe family. Abe appeared to have ridden out the storm but the scandal has hit the headlines again, with the finance ministry expected to admit some key passages...

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