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Shindo Ave became Japan's longest serving prime minister last month he's also embroiled by the latest in a series of scandals involving allegations of cronyism cover ups and mis use of state funds as in Pierce Anthony Kuen reports from Tokyo the scandals have marred is likely to be a base final term in office the past fifty plus years the government is hosted a party where guests income owners in suits gather to raise cups of socket rub elbows with politicians and enjoy the fleeting beauty of Tokyo's cherry blossoms but opposition lawmakers allege that prime minister Ave his use these events to reward his own political supporters last month opposition Communist Party lawmaker Tomoko Tom mora grilled on a at a parliamentary hearing I don't but I don't know I don't know Mister prime minister please answer the question only you can answer this she said waving her hand at him forcefully in an interview in her office tumblr explains why she held on base feet to the fire so would you want to know and I was asking about invitations sent by his office but he tried to get some other official to answer I thought this was wrong so I pressed him hard the cherry blossom parties of ballooned in size and this year the government spent more than half a million dollars on some fifteen thousand guests so they do you think yeah I found it was because the prime minister was inviting his own election supporters as many as you please the cherry blossom party is funded by taxpayers money this means that he was virtually buying votes an opposition lawmaker asked for the guest list with the same day bureaucrats fed the list into a gigantic shredder which lawmakers later visited on the claim that it was just a coincidence that he had done nothing wrong this is the third major scandal involving allegations of cronyism and cover ups to engulf the RB administration in as many years Sofia university political scientist Koichi Nakano says that while most Japanese don't trust Arby's explanations about the scandals many of become too numb to care these a growing sense of I knew normal being creative you know I base of five one scandal after another and so some people think that you know what's the point