Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama kicked off 2010 with an apology over his political money scandal but pledged to pursue his goal of revitalizing the economy in the new year.

“I have caused much concern to the nation over my political funds issues” in 2009, Hatoyama said in a New Year’s statement released Friday, expressing an apology for the shady practice that led to two of his former secretaries being indicted.

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