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A third-party panel investigating the gift scandal at Kansai Electric Power Co., or Kepco, involving its executives and a former deputy mayor said Sunday it had interviewed over 700 people since October but would not be able to meet the utility’s year-end deadline.

“It is totally impossible to conclude the investigation within the year. I cannot promise to complete it by the end of the current fiscal year (in March),” panel head and former Prosecutor General Keiichi Tadaki told a news conference at Kansai Electric’s headquarters in Osaka.

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