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Japan's ex-tax chief faces grilling over school scandal

Opposition argues Abe's denial necessitated changes to key documents

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Nobuhisa Sagawa, former head of the finance ministry's financial bureau.

TOKYO -- A former Finance Ministry official linked to the doctoring of documents concerning a shady land sale faces questions about what he knew and when, as the opposition searches for signs of a cover-up by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office.

Nobuhisa Sagawa, who resigned as Japan's tax chief on March 9, is set to appear before lawmakers as a sworn witness as early as this month. He will be asked to explain the discrepancies between his previous statements about the land transaction and what was written in original documents detailing the deal.

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