Shinzo Abe Apologizes for Cherry Blossom Scandal

Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has offered his sincere apologies after one of his aides was summarily indicted over a political funding scandal that was also reflected poorly on the current premier.

Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has offered his sincere apologies after one of his aides was summarily indicted over a political funding scandal that was also reflected poorly on the current premier.

According to Japanese prosecutors, Abe will not be charged over the accusations that were made against his political funding group that illegally subsidized parties for hundreds of voters. 

The Japanese prosecutors added that the aide was charged with failing to record financial details that were related to the use of the funds in conjunction with events surrounding a cherry blossom viewing party.

Abe, who has stepped down in September due to health reasons, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing over the gatherings. 

According to Kyodo news, Abe will now face questions over the issue in parliament on Friday, while his aide has been fined about US$10,000.

From the end of 2019, then-premier Abe will be questioned in parliament from opposition members over the blossom parties. 

Abe has also submitted to voluntary questioning by prosecutors on Monday.


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