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.
We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused. Until we resolve the issues, subscribers need not log in to access ST Digital articles. But a log-in is still required for our PDFs.