Shinzo Abe

Lawmakers accuse Japan's Abe of false testimony in scandal

Japanese lawmakers questioned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in parliament for a second day Tuesday about a cronyism scandal, with some opposition members accusing him of testifying falsely a day earlier when he denied using his influence to help a friend.

Documents and whistleblowers suggest that officials bent rules and provided special advice to Abe's friend, Kotaro Kake, to help him open a new veterinary school in western Japan.

The two-day hearing in parliament focused on whether Abe was personally involved.

Abe repeatedly denied using his influence to help Kake, and said he learned of the plan for the school only after Kake submitted a formal application in...

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