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A secretary of former Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshihiro Nikai was fined ¥1 million Wednesday for making false statements about ¥9 million in political donations by Nishimatsu Construction Co.

Taketoshi Osada, a 63-year-old policy secretary, was fined by the Tokyo Summary Court shortly after prosecutors indicted him for violating political finance laws over the donations to a Liberal Democratic Party branch headed by Nikai.

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