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Ichiro Ozawa, leader of the minor opposition force Seikatsu no To (People’s Life Party), raised more political funds than any other Diet member in 2012, reclaiming the top spot for the first time in two years, official data showed Saturday.

Ozawa, a House of Representatives veteran who previously wielded huge power in both the Liberal Democratic Party and Democratic Party of Japan, raked in ¥359.08 million last year through fundraising groups and party branches, up from ¥232.90 million in 2011, the government’s political funds report said.

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