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Twenty-three officers of the Fukuoka Prefectural Police were punished Thursday to take responsibility for alleged bribe-taking by former officers in return for providing investigative information to operators of a local casino.

Among those punished were current Fukuoka police head Hiroshi Yanagisawa and his predecessor, Masanori Nakamura, who were slapped with reprimands from the chief of the National Police Agency. The number of officers punished is unusually large for a case of this nature, observers said.

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