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Opposition parties Wednesday ramped up calls to extend the current Diet session, saying the government lied about the existence of backup data for a guest list to a state-funded cherry blossom-viewing party this year.

The recent furor over the event shows no signs of easing, despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s denials that he used it for personal gain. He also denies he invited a former chairman of a company suspected of fraudulent business activity.

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