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The secretaries general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its two parliamentary allies agreed March 31 that the three parties will jointly draft a bill to ban lawmakers from obtaining money through influence-peddling.

LDP Secretary General Koichi Kato and his counterparts from the Social Democratic Party and New Party Sakigake — Shigeru Ito and Hiroyuki Sonoda — also agreed to submit the anticorruption bill to the current Diet session and to have it pass the legislature by its June close.

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