The government established a set of rules Tuesday that outline proper relationships between politicians and bureaucrats, hoping to prevent lawmakers from exerting undue influence on policymaking matters.

The guidelines, the first of their kind compiled by the government, were drafted in the wake of a series of scandals involving lawmaker Muneo Suzuki.

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