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A high court Thursday drastically reduced the amount a lower court had ordered five city assembly members to repay following accusations that taxpayer money was wasted on sightseeing in Australia.

The Tokyo High Court ordered Kunio Jinbo, the mayor of Toda in Saitama Prefecture, to make five assembly members return a total of ¥225,000 ($2,100) — less than one tenth of the ¥2.4 million demanded in an earlier district court ruling — while acknowledging some parts of their visit were legal.

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