A Tokyo-based cooperative association sanctioned by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry charged companies 1 million yen as an initial membership fee, in violation of its founding contract, MITI said Monday.

The association, Shinka Jigyo Kyodo Kumiai, planned to build health examination facilities throughout the country, and recruited smaller companies with the ruse that the association was getting state loans, MITI’s Kanto Regional Bureau discovered.

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