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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday told the Upper House that the shredding of the guest list for this year’s state cherry blossom-viewing party was previously planned and had nothing to do with the disclosure request filed by an opposition lawmaker the same day.

He also said it is impossible to recover the digital version of the list, but added the government will review the retaining period for documents related to the annual parties.

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