News Analysis

Shinzo Abe's hopes fading in bid to become Japan's longest-serving PM

TOKYO - There appears to be no easy way out for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from the debacle he is currently facing.

He is unlikely to throw his long-time political ally and confidante Finance Minister Taro Aso under the bus after revelations last week that his ministry's Financial Bureau had tampered with 14 documents related to a dubious land deal for nationalist school educator Moritomo Gakuen. The names of Mr Abe and his wife Akie were scrubbed out, among other things.

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