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The Democratic Party of Japan and its fundraising team received ¥7.76 million in fiscal 2008 from five government-affiliated organizations that hired retiring bureaucrats, a report by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said Wednesday.

In some cases, the DPJ asked the industry groups for the political contributions — a move that could be interpreted as contradicting its pledge to end the practice known as “amakudari,” which literally means “descent from heaven.”

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