March 12, 2018 / 8:18 AM / in a year

Japan PM Abe apologises over ministry land-sale document alterations

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologised on Monday 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 on Monday.

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

Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Robert Birsel

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