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ABE'S SCANDALS

- Abe brushed off warnings late last year that pension records had been lost. In the spring, the full scope of the records losses emerged: Some 50-million claims had been wiped out.

- Administrative Reform Minister Genichiro Sata stepped down in December over charges of misusing political funds.

- In May, Abe's agriculture minister killed himself amid allegations he misused public money. His successor became embroiled in another funds scandal.

- In June Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma suggested the 1945 U.S. nuclear bombings of Japan were justified.

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