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Koko Sato, a veteran Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker convicted in the Lockheed payoff scandal, is expected to resign as director general of the Management and Coordination Agency on Sept. 22 when he meets with Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto.

Amid growing criticism from the LDP’s two non-Cabinet allies and opposition parties, as well as from within the LDP itself, LDP Secretary General Koichi Kato paid Sato a visit at his agency late Sept. 19 to discuss the crisis.

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