• Staff Report


Ryutaro Nonomura, who resigned from the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly in July amid allegations that he misused public funds, is suspected of spending ¥2.5 million on gift certificates and other goods, contradicting his claim that he spent that amount on stamps, investigative sources have told the Kobe Shimbun.

The investigators further suspect that Nonomura lied on his expenditure statement to conceal that he had misused his political activities funds, according to the newspaper.

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