Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has resigned following a string of scandals plaguing the government.

Abe had resisted calls to step down for months after it was revealed the finance ministry had sold a plot of land at an outrageously cheap price to Moritomo Gakuen, an ultra-nationalistic education company run by a friend of his wife.

Abe apologized on Sunday for the scandal saying he takes full responsibility and is extremely remorseful for his role in the sale of the land and subsequent cover-up.

This month, finance minister Taro Aso confirmed his department deliberately misled the Diet by altering documents related to the scandal, removing the names of the Prime Minister’s wife, Akie Abe, Mr Aso, and the Prime Minister himself.

The doctored documents also erased references to Mr Abe, Mr Aso and Yasunori Kagoike, the head of Moritomo Gakuen, being linked to Nippon Kaigi, an ultra-nationalist organisation that espouses anti-Chinese and anti-South Korean sentiments.

“I am deeply sorry for deceiving the country and using tax payers money to promote the agenda of Nippon Kaigi,” Abe told reporters.

Abe says he will try to make up for his wrongdoings by committing to 300 hours of community service with local Chinese and South Korean communities.




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