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OSAKA (Kyodo) An arrested welfare ministry official has hinted political ties were involved in the forging of official documents he allegedly committed in a postal fraud case, investigative sources said Thursday.

Tsutomu Kamimura, 39, who was in charge of measures for the disabled at the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, told investigators that his predecessor told him to falsify the documents because it is “related to politics,” the sources said.

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