Prosecutors charged two former Finance Ministry bank inspectors in custody Friday with taking a combined 3.8 million yen in additional bribes from four commercial banks in return for favors.

The two officials — Koichi Miyakawa, 53, and Toshimi Taniuchi, 49 — were arrested Jan. 26 for allegedly leaking confidential information about inspections to big banks in return for taking bribes in the form of wining and dining and other entertainment.

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