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Moritomo Gakuen, under fire for a questionable land deal with the government, vastly overstated construction costs for a new elementary school in paperwork submitted to the land ministry, records show.

In the documents, the construction costs for the school in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, were said to be about ¥2 billion, almost three times the figure on a contract signed with a construction company, a copy of which prefectural officials made available Monday evening.

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