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Threat of scandal testimony could tie up Japan's legislature

Documents link prime minister to school approval, ex-top bureaucrat says

Kihei Maekawa, a former vice minister of education, held a press conference Thursday on a school scandal allegedly tied to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

TOKYO -- Japanese lawmakers are clashing over whether to have a former education ministry official testify about documents allegedly tying Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a new school scandal, a conflict that could throw off the legislature's schedule with just weeks remaining.

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