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Japan PM Shinzo Abe embroiled in land-sale scandal - CNN

Tokyo (CNN) An educator accused of using his clout to curry favor with Japanese politicians, including the first family, told lawmakers under oath Thursday that he believes political intervention helped him secure a deal to purchase land from the ...and more »

Fax-Wielding Witness Tries to Link Japan's Prime Minister to Scandal - New York Times

TOKYO — He said he had in his hand a fax. It was not quite Joseph McCarthy and his list, but in the most dramatic moment during several hours of testimony on Thursday in Tokyo, the leader of an ultraconservative education group that has become ...and more »

Shinzo Abe and wife accused of giving cash to ultra-nationalist school - The Guardian

Japan's prime minister and his wife have been drawn directly into the growing scandal over an ultra-nationalist kindergarten, with a central figure claiming under oath that the pair made a secret donation. The kindergarten operator testified to ...and more »

Japanese, European Leaders Push for Swift Conclusion to Trade Talks - ICTSD Bridges News

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday 20 March in Hanover, renewing calls to finalise negotiations on a EU-Japan free trade accord and defending open and fair trade. The meeting, on the occasion of ...and more »

Japan scandal: PM Abe appears in the clear, but image at risk - CNBC

Cherry blossom season begun earlier than expected in Tokyo this week in what may be an auspicious sign for scandal-hit Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. For a month, allegations have been flying that Abe and first lady Akie Abe granted political ...and more »

Japan's Nationalist School Scandal and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - The Wire

The controversy is the biggest crisis to face Abe since he returned to office in 2012 for a rare second term, eroding his support rating. Japan's Nationalist School Scandal and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife ...and more »

Japan's Shinzo Abe struggles to shake off school scandal - Financial Times

A school principal at the heart of a scandal engulfing Shinzo Abe has claimed under oath that he received ¥1m ($9,000) from the Japanese prime minister's wife. Testifying in parliament on Thursday, Yasunori Kagoike said he remembered the donation well ...and more »

Japanese Prime Minister Abe accused of giving secret donation to far-right school - Washington Post

TOKYO — A political controversy swirling around the Japanese prime minister shows no sign of abating, with the head of a nationalist school swearing under oath Thursday that Shinzo Abe sent him a $9,000 donation. The allegation, which Abe strongly ...and more »

Abe denies allegations in scandal-hit school chief's sworn testimony - The Mainichi

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denied Friday that he or his wife Akie gave money or favorable treatment to an Osaka school operator at the center of a growing political scandal as alleged the previous day by the chief of the organization in ...and more »

The Price of Abe's Pragmatism - Foreign Affairs

Over the past few years, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has scored a string of foreign policy successes that have led analysts such as Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt to dub him a shrewd pragmatist. In 2015, Abe secured a historic ...and more »