13 March 2018
Japan's finance minister is considering skipping a Group of 20 finance leaders' gathering in Buenos Aires next week. He said today as a suspected cover-up of a cronyism scandal paralyzes parliament and puts his job on the line. Premier Shinzo Abe and his close ally, Finance Minister are under pressure over the finance ministry's announcement. It had altered records of a discounted sale of state-owned land to a school operator with ties to Abe's wife. The scandal is inflicting on the Abe administration's agenda, with the parliamentary stalemate also reforms to boost long-term economic growth.