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Koichi Kato, former secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, on Saturday apologized to local supporters in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, over a tax evasion scandal involving his senior secretary Saburo Sato.

In a speech at a New Year’s party for his support group in his hometown, Kato said, “I apologize for causing you unpleasant feelings,” referring to the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau’s recent searches of Sato’s company and his home.

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