The House of Representatives gave Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Junichiro Koga permission Wednesday to skip Diet business and travel to the United States to settle allegations he lied about receiving a degree from a California university.

The House of Representatives Committee on Rules and Administration will allow Koga, 55, to take five days off to resolve suspicions that he lied about his academic background by claiming he graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu.

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