The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday arrested a Finance Ministry official and an inspector from the nation’s securities watchdog who allegedly took bribes from Nomura Securities Co. in the form of wining and dining, sources said.

The ministry official was identified as Takashi Sakakibara, 38, an assistant chief of the general affairs division of the ministry’s Securities Bureau. Also arrested was Toshio Miyano, an inspector of the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission.

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