Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Questioned over Cherry Blossom Scandal

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been questioned by prosecutors over the alleged “Cherry Blossom Scandal” where his political group illegally covered part of the cost of dinner receptions for supporters.

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been questioned by prosecutors over the alleged “Cherry Blossom Scandal” where his political group illegally covered part of the cost of dinner receptions for supporters.

 “I will deal with (any questions) sincerely after prosecutors finish their investigation.” said Abe last Friday.

Abe already denied the allegations when he was questioned in parliament last year.

 A local association of his party’s political supporters reportedly spent as much as 40 million yen ($386,922) which was not listed in the expenditure in annual fund reports.

According to Ashai Shimbun’s report, the supporters travelled to Tokyo from Yamaguchi prefecture, western Japan and paid just ¥5,000 (£36) each to have dinner at expensive hotels on the eve of the cherry blossom events.

Abe’s successor Yoshihide Suga, who served as chief Cabinet secretary under Abe and defended him during questioning last year.

Japanese prosecutors were not planning on taking action against Abe but the revelation of the scandal is expected to affect Suga’s term.

Abe is expected to deliver his unsworn testimony before a parliamentary budget committee before the year ends. .


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