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The Metropolitan Police Department has arrested a 48-year-old Tokyo ward assembly member on suspicion of paying to have sex with teenage girls, in violation of the law banning child prostitution.

Hiroyoshi Matsumoto, a New Komeito member of the Edogawa Ward Assembly, was arrested on Thursday. Police also arrested Hiromichi Maruyama, a 26-year-old club owner, for allegedly introducing Matsumoto to the girls.

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