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Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama again proclaimed his innocence Thursday in a political funds scandal involving donations from his mother, telling the House of Representatives Budget Committee that he is ready to resign if the facts prove otherwise.

Prosecutors have revealed that Hatoyama’s mother gave some ¥1.26 billion to the prime minister’s fund management body from 2002 to 2008, with part of the money apparently disguised as donations from other people, even some deceased.

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