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Abe denies role in cherry blossom scandal that felled aide

Ex-PM says his camp funded supporter events without his knowledge

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with supporters at a cherry blossom viewing party. (Pool phot)

TOKYO -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday denied any knowledge of his office picking up the tab for lavish dinner parties held for his supporters in a scandal that has brought charges against one of his aides.

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