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Former House of Representatives member Muneo Suzuki will be released on parole possibly next Tuesday after being imprisoned last December following his conviction on bribery and other charges, sources said Wednesday.

The 63-year-old leader of Hokkaido-based New Party Daichi was supposed to be freed next April after 17 months in prison, but a corrections committee under the Justice Ministry endorsed the parole, considering his remorse among other factors, the sources said.

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