Tokyo is seeking a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Japanese media said Wednesday, prompting speculation that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scrambling to devise ways to deflect public attention away from an ongoing document-tampering scandal that threatens to significantly erode his grip on power.

Some media outlets, including Kyodo News and Jiji Press, reported Wednesday that the Abe administration is now “exploring the possibility” of holding a summit meeting with Kim — a scenario that, if true, would represent a drastic break from the prime minister’s long-held position against dialogue with Pyongyang.

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