Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano said Thursday he withdrew ¥120 million from the Cabinet’s secretive discretionary fund but would not disclose how, or if, he used it.

“It is a fact that I requested the withdrawal. I will be responsible in making judgments and will handle it properly,” he said.

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