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Japanese Prosecutors Raid Democratic Party Offices Amid Political Funding Scandal

Prosecutors have raided the offices of Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party amid a political funding scandal concerning allegations that party officials failed to declare a combined 600 million yen ($4.18 million) in fundraising proceeds, directing money to faction-run slush funds, Aljazeera reports. Investigators from the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors’ Office searched the offices of two LPD factions associated with former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former secretary-general Toshihiro Nikai. The scandal has fuelled public discontent with the LPD and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, whose approval ratings have dropped to some of the lowest levels in the country’s post-war history.

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