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Junichi Izui, an oil wholesaler on trial for alleged income tax evasion and fraud, said Sept. 8 he provided 278 million yen to six Diet members of the Liberal Democratic Party, including Taku Yamasaki, chairman of the LDP’s Policy Affairs Research Council.

Of the total, 200 million yen went to the late Michio Watanabe, head of a faction within the ruling party who once served as deputy prime minister and foreign minister. Izui said he gave the 200 million yen to Watanabe over three occasions between October 1991 and July 1993.

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