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OSAKA — The Osaka Prefectural Government announced Friday that its senior officials will return 1.32 billion yen in taxpayers’ money misused by prefectural employees between 1994 and 1997 over a five-year span beginning next month.

About 300 high-ranking officials including Gov. “Knock” Yokoyama will also have their salaries reduced after the prefectural assembly approves the administrative punishment at a session that starts next week.

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