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KOBE (Kyodo) Takarazuka Mayor Kan Watanabe was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of receiving a luxury car as a bribe from two pachinko parlor managers, prosecutors said.

The prosecutors suspect the car, valued at 8 million yen, was provided to the 47-year-old mayor of the Hyogo Prefecture city in November 2003 by Koji Kim, 42, and Tadaharu Fukuda, 49, in exchange for his approval for the launch of their new pachinko parlor, the prosecutors said.

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