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Yasunori Kagoike, the former head of an Osaka-based educational institution at the center of a murky real estate deal — who claims Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife were involved in the deal — used to idolize Abe.

“I am where I am now because I’ve met him,” Kagoike said in a seven-hour-long interview with media outlets in May.

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