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Prosecution authorities were aware early last year that a prosecutor had compiled a false investigative report from depositions taken from an aide of ruling party kingpin Ichiro Ozawa, who is on trial for allegedly conspiring to file a false political funds report, sources said Friday.

Masahiro Tashiro, who was part of an elite investigative team at the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office, worked on the investigative report after questioning the aide, Tomohiro Ishikawa, currently an independent lawmaker, in May 2010.

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