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Nagata read out the bogus e-mail in the Diet last month, claiming it was internal instructions by Horie to staff to transfer 30 million yen to the son of Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Tsutomu Takebe to buy LDP election support in his campaign for the Sept. 11 general election. With Takebe’s strong backing, Horie ran as an independent against an opponent to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s postal reform efforts in the Hiroshima No. 6 district and lost.

The DPJ has had to publicly apologize and the incident has deeply damaged the image of the largest opposition party.

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