Japan PM Abe faces questions about political donations

March 3rd, 2015  
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Topic: Japan PM Abe faces questions about political donations

By Kaori Kaneko TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday said he received donations from firms that got government subsidies, the first time he himself has faced questions about potentially improper donations, after having lost three cabinet members to scandals. Last year, two cabinet ministers quit, one for possible misuse of political funds and one for a campaign law violation. Political analysts have said Abe's government would inevitably be hit hard if more ministers stepped down, but fallout looks limited for now. Kyodo news agency and the Sankei newspaper said a branch of Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in his home constituency got a total of 620,000 yen ($5,165) from chemical companies that received government subsidies in 2012 and 2013.


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