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Three opposition parties agreed Sept. 18 to introduce a no-confidence resolution in the Diet against convicted bribe-taker Koko Sato, the chief of the Management and Coordination Agency.

The agreement effectively leaves Sato with no option but to voluntarily give up his Cabinet post, possibly by the end of the week. Even his political allies in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party faction to which he belongs called Sept. 18 for his voluntary resignation. Until Sept. 16, the besieged Sato had claimed innocence in connection with the 1970s Lockheed bribery scandal, Japan’s largest political corruption scandal in postwar years.

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