The limited use of taxpayer money by local government officials for private occasions such as weddings and funerals among coworkers is permissible, the Audit and Inspection Commissioners of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government decided Monday.

The commissioners thus dismissed embezzlement charges filed by two Tokyo residents. Yuichi Goto and Masayuki Harada had separately asked the commissioners to launch a probe into the metro government’s practice of using taxpayers’ money to make offerings at private ceremonies and other events after the media reported that such customs had been going on since about 1965.

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