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Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama indicated Wednesday he may have overbankrolled his political fund management body but claimed it was his understanding that funds in excess of the ¥10 million limit he can personally kick in constituted a loan he would later get back.

Hatoyama made the admission when he and his Democratic Party of Japan-led Cabinet came under renewed fire before the Lower House Budget Committee by the opposition camp, mainly members of the ex-ruling Liberal Democratic Party, over his questionable political finances and handling of foreign affairs.

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