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Hiroyasu Watanabe, former president of Tokyo Sagawa Express Co. and a central figure in the 1992 political donation scandal involving its parent firm, Sagawa Express Co., died Jan. 11, sources said Saturday. He was 69.

A funeral for Watanabe, once dubbed “the patron of the political community,” has been already held with just relatives attending, they said. The cause of his death was not immediately known.

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