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Police turned over to prosecutors Friday their case against former House of Representatives member Junichiro Koga in connection with lies he told about his academic record in last November’s election campaign, allegedly in violation of the Public Offices Election Law.

The Fukuoka District Public Prosecutor’s Office will now consider whether to charge Koga, 46, who has owned up to the falsehoods and resigned as a lawmaker in late September.

Koga won his Lower House seat in Fukuoka Prefecture’s No. 2 electoral district last November on the Democratic Party of Japan ticket, beating Taku Yamasaki, then vice president of the Liberal Democratic Party.

During his campaign, Koga claimed he had graduated from Pepperdine University in California. The university later refuted this claim.

Koga initially denied having lied, saying he believed he had graduated and had no intention of falsifying his academic background. He also claimed to have attended two other California universities, both of which stated otherwise.

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