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The government’s powerful personnel bureau has been criticized as a likely factor in making administrative officials excessively sensitive to the wishes of the Prime Minister’s Office.

This attitude seems to be behind a recent string of cronyism scandals, including those related to a state land plot sold with an unusually heavy discount to Moritomo Gakuen, once linked to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife, Akie, critics say.

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