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SAPPORO (Kyodo) A senior election campaigner for a Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker was arrested Thursday on suspicion of promising to pay money to other campaigners in the Aug. 30 Lower House election, police said.

The DPJ’s Chiyomi Kobayashi, who represents the Hokkaido No. 5 constituency and beat former Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura, could lose her Diet seat if the arrested official, Hirokazu Yamamoto, 60, is convicted.

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