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The hits just keep on coming in the scandal surrounding the eldest son of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga after more communications ministry officials were found to have been treated to expensive meals by Seigo Suga.

The results of an internal probe by the ministry found that 11 of the 13 government officials have or are highly likely to have received favors in violation of ethics law. Most of them are expected to be reprimanded as early as Wednesday.

Still not sure what exactly to make of this whole scandal? Eric Johnston has you covered with an explainer that dives into how these revelations have raised questions about influence peddling at the highest levels of government (not to mention how they have become  a major political problem for the prime minister).

Nine more communications ministry officials have been found to have been treated to expensive meals by a son of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, joining four senior bureaucrats already in line for disciplinary measures in the widening scandal. | POOL / VIA AFP-JIJI
Nine more communications ministry officials have been found to have been treated to expensive meals by a son of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, joining four senior bureaucrats already in line for disciplinary measures in the widening scandal. | POOL / VIA AFP-JIJI

But it wasn’t all bad news for the embattled PM.

Over the weekend, leaders of the Group of Seven major industrial nations expressed their support for Japan’s continued push to hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer in defiance of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We support the commitment of Japan” to hold the Tokyo Games “in a safe and secure manner this summer as a symbol of global unity in overcoming COVID-19,” the leaders said in a joint statement.

Still, the public — and private sector — aren’t exactly enamored with the thought of holding the games, which were postponed by one year from 2020 due to the global spread of COVID-19.

According to one survey, over half of firms in Japan believe they should be canceled or postponed, casting further doubt over their fate.

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