Japan to Cancel Abe's Cherry Blossom Party Next Year

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 13 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will cancel next year's cherry blossom-viewing party hosted by the prime minister, mainly to clarify the criteria for choosing guests to the event, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces criticism that he used the government-funded event, held every April, for his own benefit.

Opposition forces have told parliamentary sessions that many supporters of Abe were invited to the party.

The Cabinet Secretariat asked members of the prime minister's office, government agencies and the ruling camp to recommend guests to the event, Suga told a news conference Wednesday.

Also on the day, a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party told reporters that the event "should not be held."

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