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Just a day after the surprise announcement of her candidacy in a Lower House by-election, the widow of lawmaker Shokei Arai decided Thursday to pull out of the running to fill the seat made vacant when her husband hanged himself last week.

A secretary to Mariko Arai, 45, on Thursday morning told a faction within the Liberal Democratic Party, to which the late Arai belonged, that his widow had withdrawn her candidacy in the March 29 election. On Wednesday, she had told a news conference that she wanted to run in the election to prove her husband was innocent of allegations that he demanded illegal profits from Nikko Securities Co.

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