KOBE (Kyodo) After reneging on its winning bid for a tract of government-owned land, a school corporation headed by a Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker acquired the property through a third party for ¥70 million less than it had originally pledged, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

Shigeo Omae, 66, a second-term member of the House of Representatives who served as a parliamentary secretary of defense under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2006, heads the board of directors of the corporation, Omae Gakuen.

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