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Japanese PM Shinzō Abe faces heat over cronyism scandal

Shinzo Abe
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is facing renewed political pressure after it was revealed that Japan's Ministry of Finance altered documents involving his wife and a controversial land sale, prompting suspicions of a cover-up, reports Reuters.

Why it matters: The alleged cronyism scandal emerged last year after a school operator with ties to Abe's wife was able to buy a plot of land at a huge discount. Abe has denied that he or his wife had any involvement, and has said he would resign if evidence of wrongdoing was uncovered.