The scandal revolves over the 2016 purchase of a plot of land in Osaka by the right-wing operator of an ultra-conservative kindergarten. Akie Abe was named honorary principal of the school but stepped down when the land scandal swirled

The ame of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ife was emoved from ocuments regarding a uspected cronyism scandal, media aid on Monday, as ressure mounted on the premier and his lly Finance Minister Taro Aso over a ossible cover-up.

Abe, ow in his ixth ear in office, had ried to put ehind him uestions over the ale of tate-有wned and at a uge iscount to a chool operator with ies to his ife, Akie.

The issue 去ast 年ear harply eroded Abe’s popularity. His ratings rebounded thereafter, but oubts over Abe and his cabinet have been evived with a eries of resh revelations.

Abe has epeatedly enied he or his ife did avours

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