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The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been facing mounting criticism again for its handling of documents — this time concerning a state-funded annual cherry blossom-viewing party at the heart of yet another cronyism scandal.

The Abe administration was previously criticized for failing to immediately confirm documents related to a scandal involving the Kake Educational Institution, headed by a close friend of the prime minister. The administration was also roundly condemned for tampering with papers related to a scandal concerning Moritomo Gakuen, a school operator that had ties to the prime minister’s wife, Akie.

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