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The Finance Ministry dismissed two bank inspectors who were indicted Monday on charges of receiving bribes from banks in exchange for tipoffs about the ministry’s pending inspections, Vice Finance Minister Koji Tanami said at a news conference.

“It is quite regrettable that the two inspectors hurt public confidence in the Finance Ministry, and we will make utmost efforts to regain the public’s trust,” Tanami said Monday. “I sincerely apologize to the Japanese people for the bribery scandal involving our officials,” Tanami said.

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