Scandals alarm Japan ruling bloc; Abe's reelection questioned
Jiji -- Apr 14
A wave of scandals rocking Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has alarmed the ruling bloc, leading some members to question whether Abe should be reelected Liberal Democratic Party president in an upcoming poll.

The government is on the defensive as new facts and suspicions emerge one after another over alleged favoritism and other scandals.

They include a suspected cover-up of activity logs of troops sent to Iraq and South Sudan, a discount sale of state-owned land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen, once linked with Abe's wife, Akie, falsification of Finance Ministry documents related to the land, and alleged favoritism tied to a plan to open a university faculty of animal medicine by a Kake Educational Institution, led by a friend of the prime minister.

Sharp criticism from LDP factions and coalition partner Komeito has pounded the government, adding to the difficulties facing Abe.

"The situation is getting worse and worse," said a source close to the prime minister.

News source: Jiji
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