Govt Claims Cherry Party Guest List Data Fully Deleted

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 4 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government has claimed that electronic data on the list of people invited to this year's cherry blossom-viewing party hosted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have been completely deleted and that the data can never be restored.

As a new system has been introduced as part of the effort to prevent information leakage, data are no longer stored in individual computers, officials said, adding that data for backups are automatically deleted.

"According to the operator of the Cabinet Office system, restoring deleted data is impossible," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference on Tuesday.

The cherry blossom party is at the center of fresh cronyism allegations, with Abe coming under fire for, among other things, inviting many of his supporters to the annual event.

At Monday's meeting of executives of the Budget Committee of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, a Cabinet Office representative explained that it switched to a thin client system that manages data on the server, instead of individual computers, in line with a system update in January. In the system, data for backups are automatically deleted after a storage period of up to eight weeks, according to the officials.

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