Japanese PM won’t move into house over fear of ghosts

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pmTOKYO, JAPAN – Forget North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction, mega-earthquakes and simmering territorial disputes. A far more fearsome force is facing Japan’s prime minister: ghosts.

That’s right! Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is delaying his move in the into the official prime minister’s residence; especially strange since he’s lived there before.

This site of past assassinations has conjured up haunting claims of ghosts in the corridors. Prompting the immediate denial of any knowledge of such occurrences by the Japanese government and Prime Minister Abe.

Built in 1929, talk of ghosts has long tainted the structure. It was remodeled in the early 2000’s from an office to an official residence. It served as the premier’s family home since 2005.

In 1932 Prime Minister Tsuyoshi Inukai was assassinated within its walls.

The same official residence was occupied by rebel troops for four days in 1936 after 1,400 of them stormed Tokyo’s government district, resulting in the death of several political leaders who are said to still reside there today.

A more realistic reason for the delay in moving may be Abe is simply awaiting the outcome of upper house elections in July, with a victory likely to guarantee a longer tenure than his previous stint as prime minister.