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A former aide to Ichiro Ozawa claimed in court Wednesday that he was never involved in drafting or submitting the political funds statements of the Democratic Party of Japan power broker’s political funds management body, despite holding the title of secretary in charge of accounting.

Ozawa stands accused of breaking the Political Funds Control Law for allegedly conspiring with his former aides to falsify the funds report of his political funds managing body Rikuzankai in 2004 and 2005 in connection with a land purchase.

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