Top executives from the ruling coalition agreed Tuesday to accept a demand from opposition parties for former National Tax Agency head Nobuhisa Sagawa to give sworn testimony in the Diet over a document-tampering scandal that continues to gnaw at the popularity of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The much-anticipated Diet appearance of Sagawa, who resigned as tax agency chief earlier this month to take responsibility for the scandal, was arranged to take place next Tuesday.

Sagawa will be summoned to the Diet as a sworn witness, meaning his attendance is mandatory and that he would be held culpable for perjury should he give a false statement.