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Newly appointed Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Katsuya Okada on Wednesday urged former party leader Ichiro Ozawa to give a full and public account of how money allegedly illicitly donated by Nishimatsu Construction Co. was used.

Ozawa abruptly stepped down last week amid a political funds scandal involving Rikuzankai, his political funds management body, which allegedly received ¥21 million from Nishimatsu between 2003 and 2006. Ozawa’s chief secretary and accountant of the group, Takanori Okubo, was arrested and charged in March for violating the Political Funds Control Law.

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