Japan: What a Scandal's Resurgence Means for the Prime Minister

Mar 12, 2018 | 18:20 GMT

Scandal has reared its head in Japan once again, putting the prime minister's position in jeopardy. The scandal centers around the June 2016 sale of government land to the nationalist Moritomo school in Osaka prefecture at a steep discount -- allegedly amid pressure from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. With the opposition weak and the next election not scheduled until 2019, Abe is hoping to focus on his legislative agenda which includes defense spending approvals, labor reform, constitutional change and tax changes. But the scandal's return has put the fate of key legislation in question and could present problems for Abe in the LDP leadership election....

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