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The 2004 suicide of a staff member at the Japanese Consulate General in Shanghai came after the Chinese forced him to hand over information to break government codes by exploiting an illicit relationship he was allegedly having with a woman, Foreign Minister Taro Aso suggested Saturday.

“He killed himself as he could not sell out his country. It is clear as he left a suicide note,” Aso told a public meeting in Tokyo. “It is natural (for Japan) to deal with the issue in a determined manner.”

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