Junichi Izui, an oil wholesaler now on trial for income tax evasion and fraud, said Friday in sworn testimony before the Lower House Budget Committee that he provided 278 million yen to lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, including LDP policy chief Taku Yamasaki.

Izui said he gave Yamasaki 200 million yen to be handed over to the late LDP faction chief Michio Watanabe, who served as deputy prime minister and foreign minister on three occasions between October 1991 and July 1993. Izui said he also gave funds to Finance Minister Hiroshi Mitsuzuka, Foreign Minister Keizo Obuchi and LDP executive council chief Yoshiro Mori.

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