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Japan's finance ministry to admit altering land sale documents - Kyodo

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(Reuters) - Japan's will admit altering documents involved in a controversial sale of state-owned land, reported on Saturday, the latest in a scandal that threatens to erode Shinzo Abe's popularity.

The ministry will report to parliament on Monday that it found several cases where content present in the original versions of the documents was removed later, the agency said, citing multiple unidentified sources.

Telephone calls seeking ministry comment went unanswered.

An admission would deal a fresh blow to Abe, who has struggled for months to draw a line under suspicion that a school operator used ties with Abe's wife to get a discounted deal on land in the western city of

It would also ratchet up the pressure on Taro Aso, who said he had no intention to step down over the affair which led to the resignation on Friday of the chief,

On the day of Sagawa's resignation, media said police were investigating as a possible suicide the death of an at a that handled the land deal. The government's spokesman said he had been notified about the death but declined to give details.

The scandal regained fresh momentum last week with opposition parties turning up the heat after the Asahi newspaper said some documents about the land sale might have been doctored.

Abe has denied that he or his wife did favours for the school operator and his grip on power has not appeared at risk so far, because his ruling coalition has big majorities in both houses of parliament.

But falling support could complicate his bid for a third term as in a September party vote. Re-election would put him on track to become Japan's

(Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by and Dale Hudson)

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 17:19 IST