Abe Admits Role in Guest Selection for Cherry Blossom Parties

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted Wednesday that he has been involved in his office's recommendations of guests for government-funded annual cherry blossom-viewing parties hosted by him.

He had previously denied such involvement.

Opposition forces criticized Abe for mixing public and private affairs.

Abe has faced allegations that he has used the publicly funded parties for his own benefit by inviting many of his supporters.

At a plenary meeting of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament, Abe said his office sought applications from people who wished to attend the parties after a request from the Cabinet Secretariat to recommend guests for the gatherings.

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