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Japan's former tax chief knew of document changes: top official

Finance Minister Aso says neither he nor PM pressured Sagawa

Nobuhisa Sagawa, then director general of the Finance Ministry's Financial Bureau, speaks to Japan's lower house budget committee in March 2017.

TOKYO -- Nobuhisa Sagawa, who resigned as Japan's tax chief on March 9, likely knew of alterations to documents linked to a land sale at the center of a scandal embroiling the Japanese government, according to Mitsuru Ota, director general of the Finance Ministry's Financial Bureau.

At a diet committee meeting on Friday, Ota said he thought Sagawa, who was head of the Financial Bureau when the alterations took place, was aware that documents had been altered.

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