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It's the season of scandals in Japan

Resignation of two women ministers and other tales may feed public cynicism about politicians in general

CHASTENED PREMIER: Mr Abe's 'womenomics' campaign of promoting women in politics and business appears to have angered certain male backbench LDP members who have long coveted cabinet positions.

THE "scandalous" tale of illicit hand-held fans and sado-masochistic pleasures - all linked to money transactions - sounds like something from a risque novel or movie. But in fact the story relates to something less titillating and rather more depressing so far as Japan is concerned - a new