Abe caught in scandal involving a school promoting hate speech

The Japanese prime minister is also accused of being involved in a shady land deal and a cover-up


JAPAN'S prime minister is facing the biggest crisis of his tenure, caught up in a burgeoning scandal that involves a shady land deal, allegations of a cover-up and a kindergarten sending out notes about "evil" Koreans and Chinese.

Shinzo Abe strongly denies any wrongdoing, and his wife Akie has resigned as "honorary principal" of the planned school at the centre of the firestorm. But the scandal shows no sign of going away anytime soon.

"There are so many questions that need to be answered," said Koichi Nakano, a political science professor at Sophia University and a sharp critic of the Abe government. "We don't know whether Abe was directly involved, but even if he wasn't, this will still...

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