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The Toyama Prefectural Police chief approved the release of an alleged drug user in 1995 by allowing investigation documents to be falsified to say the suspect was let go because of his health condition, police sources said Thursday.

Masafumi Ueda, head of the Chubu Regional Police Bureau, who was chief of the prefectural force at the time, affixed his seal to the paper containing false information regarding the release of Shinichi Tsuchida, 39, a civil engineer, the sources said.

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