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Abe's office suspected of illegal spending on parties

Prosecutors ask former Japan PM's aides and backers about subsides at 5-star events

Japan's then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets attendees at a cherry blossom party in 2019. 

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The office of former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is suspected of covering a shortfall of millions of yen spent on parties held for supporters during his time as leader, a possible violation of the political funds control law, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

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