Japan PM Abe apologises over ministry land-sale document alterations

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– Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologised today after the finance ministry acknowledged it had altered documents related to a suspected cronyism scandal, adding that he felt responsibility.

References to Abe, his wife and Finance Minister Taro Aso had been removed from the documents related to a land sale, according to copies seen by Reuters today.

Abe told reporters he wanted Finance Minister Taro Aso to fulfil his responsibility by clarifying the facts of the alterations. — Reuters