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A former executive of a Mitsukoshi Ltd. subsidiary and two other officials were arrested Wednesday for alleged aggravated breach of trust in connection with 180 million yen in payments to a construction company on the verge of financial collapse.

Three executives of the Goyo Kensetsu construction firm, which failed in 1994, were also arrested. Police said Keiji Takemasa, 64, former managing director of Mitsukoshi Seisakusho, an affiliate of the department store chain that makes furniture and does interior work, illicitly gave about 1.9 billion yen to the contractor, spread out over more than 10 occasions between April and September 1994, ostensibly for construction fees.

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