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'Not true' says Abe of school 'donation'

Japan's prime minister denies wife gave cash to principal

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the upper house budget committee meeting on March 24.

TOKYO -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday denied allegations that his wife had given a cash-filled envelope to nationalist school principal Yasunori Kagoike, who made the allegation during sworn testimony in the Diet.

"It is deeply regrettable that there was an explanation contrary to the facts," Abe said during an upper house budget committee meeting. The prime minister expressed displeasure that Kagoike's allegations cannot be disproved given that his wife, Akie Abe, met the principal privately.

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