OSAKA — Osaka Gov. “Knock” Yokoyama formally announced here Thursday that 1.33 billion yen in taxpayers’ money was misused by the prefectural government between 1994 and 1997.

He said every department was involved in the misappropriation and will be held responsible for returning the money to the municipal coffers by March 31.

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