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Abe pushes back as suspicion deepens over vet school

Prime minister denies discussing plans with friend in favoritism scandal

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claims that he did not know in advance about Kake Educational Institution's plans for a new vet school and therefore could not show any favoritism.

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday dismissed allegations that he knew from the start about his friend's plan to open a new veterinary school, scrambling to contain the fallout from a newly discovered record contradicting his story. 

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