Tokuma Utsunomiya, a longtime lawmaker who died July 1 at the age of 93, left roughly 3.54 billion yen in taxable assets, according to a recent notice issued by a local tax office.

Utsunomiya, a longtime disarmament advocate who was also an entrepreneur, served in the Diet for 40 years until 1992.

He founded the Tokyo-based Minophagen Pharmaceutical Co., which manufactured liver disease drugs, in 1938 with funds obtained from stock investments and started publishing in 1980 at his own initiative Gunshuku Mondaishiryo, a monthly collection of articles on disarmament and peace issues.

Sources close to his family said his taxable assets included real estate, bank deposits, postal savings and stocks in Minophagen.

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