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OSAKA — Shingo Nishimura, the ultraconservative Diet member arrested last year for allowing a nonlawyer employee to illegally represent clients in his name, formally owned up to the charges as his Osaka District Court trial opened Thursday.

Nishimura, a former Democratic Party of Japan member and lawyer, was charged in December with allowing Koji Suzuki, 52, a former employee, to practice law without a license. Suzuki worked for Nishimura between 1995 and 2000, when he was fired, Nishimura claimed, after it was learned he did not have a law license.

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