Tampered Documents Could Ensnare Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan offered to resign a year ago if evidence emerged linking him to a sweetheart land deal. No such evidence ever surfaced, allowing him to ride out the scandal and hang on to power.

An internal investigation by the Finance Ministry concluded that unidentified officials tampered with official documents related to the land deal by deleting references to Mr. Abe’s wife and senior members of his party.

The findings caused an uproar in Japan, where critics called for the finance minister, Taro Aso, to resign.

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