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Kiyomi Tsujimoto, a former Social Democratic Party lawmaker who resigned from the Lower House in late March over alleged misuse of her secretaries’ state-paid salaries, has returned more than 23 million yen, her office said Friday.

Tsujimoto’s office said it contacted the House of Representatives on Monday and paid back 23.3 million yen — the full salaries of the two secretaries between 1996 and 1998, plus interest.

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