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Suga takes heat for son's wining and dining of senior bureaucrats

Japanese prime minister says he told him to cooperate with the ethics probe

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga answers questions during a parliamentary committee session Feb. 4. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday faced a grilling from lawmakers in parliament following a report of his eldest son, a private company employee, inviting government officials to lavish dinners. 

Weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun first reported that his son took four senior bureaucrats from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to expensive restaurants in Tokyo from October through December last year. The younger Suga works at a satellite broadcasting company that falls under the ministry's jurisdiction.

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