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A former mayor of Kamagaya, Chiba Prefecture, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to accepting a bribe from a construction company via an aide to Yutaka Inoue, former president of the House of Councilors.

In his first trial session, 50-year-old Keiichiro Minagawa admitted receiving 2 million yen from Inoue’s office, but claimed the money was a gift and did not constitute a bribe.

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