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The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday dismissed Akira Maejima, a former assistant director in charge of aid projects for Russia, following his indictment late last month, a Foreign Ministry official said.

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office indicted Maejima, 38, among others, on July 24 on a charge of illegally manipulating the bidding for a public works project for Kunashiri Island, a Russian-held island claimed by Japan, in 2000.

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