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Abe knew of document doctoring days before public admission

Opposition alleges cover-up in scandal surrounding dubious land sale

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Finance Minister Taro Aso at an upper house Budget Committee meeting March 14.

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe knew of alterations made to documents linked to a questionable land sale six days before his government admitted as much to the public, fueling opposition claims that he tried to cover up a widening political scandal.

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