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A mayor in Hyogo Prefecture who told a reporter “I’ll kill you” when he was approached after a new year ceremony said Friday he is prepared to apologize — if he gets an apology from the reporter first.

Takeshi Imamura, the mayor of Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, told a news conference that the remark to the Yomiuri Shimbun reporter constituted “verbal abuse” and said, “I would like to apologize to the reporter.”

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