March 12, 2018 / 2:28 AM / a year ago

Name of Japan PM's wife removed from land sale documents - Kyodo

FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe arrive at the Helsinki International Airport in Vantaa, Finland July 9, 2017. Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - The name of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife, Akie, was removed from documents related to the controversial sale of state-owned land, Kyodo News reported on Monday, citing a government source.

Earlier on Monday, the Ministry of Finance acknowledged that documents related to the sale had been altered, as pressure mounts on Abe and his close ally Finance Minister Taro Aso over the case.

Reporting by Linda Sieg and Chris Gallagher; Editing by Michael Perry

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