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Upper House member Tatsuo Tomobe pleaded not guilty June 25 to charges of conspiring with his wife, son and political supporters to swindle depositors in a mutual aid society.

Also pleading not guilty at the Tokyo District Court in connection with the 9 billion yen scheme were Tomobe’s wife, Mikiko, 61, and their second son, Momoo, 29. Two other former executives from the Orange Kyosai Kumiai mutual fund, Noboru Masukawa, 63, and Matsunosuke Ishizaki, 62, are also standing trial.

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