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The head of an architectural design office embroiled in a scandal over faked quake-resistance data in three building projects in Fukuoka Prefecture refused Monday to give unsworn testimony before a Diet committee.

Shoji Nakamori, an architect with first-class qualifications and head of the now-defunct architectural design firm Something, notified the Lower House Land, Infrastructure and Transport Committee of his decision not to appear at a committee session scheduled for Tuesday, committee officials said.

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