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Abe's school scandal gains steam on high-profile resignation

Renewed focus on cut-rate land deal stokes fears of a domino effect

Nobuhisa Sagawa walks to the finance minister's office after announcing his exit as chief of the National Tax Agency on March 9.

TOKYO -- A top tax official's exit over an ongoing land deal controversy has jolted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, raising concerns that fresh scrutiny will deepen suspicion and ensnare those higher up the chain of command.

National Tax Agency chief Nobuhisa Sagawa told Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday that he was stepping down to take responsibility for "causing confusion in Diet deliberations."

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