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One of Prime Minister Taro Aso’s aides said he introduced a former deputy education minister to a dentist last July after the dentist had consulted him over his son’s quest to enter a private medical school.

“I have never received a reward. I only asked (the former deputy minister) to provide consultation for career guidance,” said Ichiro Muramatsu, Aso’s secretary, denying any wrongdoing.

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