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Abe's Agriculture Minister Matsuoka, under fire for accepting questionable political donations, died at a Tokyo hospital after reportedly hanging himself

If you want to see why Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) could be headed for a crushing defeat in the Diet Upper House election on July 29—and the Prime Minister himself could be forced to resign just 10 months into his tenure—pop into the social-welfare office in Tokyo's central Minato ward. Most days you'll find a gray brigade of angry Japanese voters who want to know where their pensions have gone—and they want to know now. In May the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) revealed that records of up to 50 million pension accounts had been misplaced and...

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