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A former employee of Higashi-Nippon Bank, a medium-size regional bank based in Tokyo, was arrested Monday for allegedly withdrawing money from customers’ savings accounts without their consent, police said.

Masao Shiraishi, 50, a former section chief at the bank’s Itabashi branch, is suspected of transferring around 50 million yen from several customers’ accounts to his own account between December 1998 and last May.

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