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The top bureaucrat at the internal affairs ministry resigned Friday after leaking information on administrative penalties to Japan Post Holdings Co., which is embroiled in an insurance sales scandal, the ministry said.

Vice Minister Shigeki Suzuki resigned after the ministry decided to suspend him for three months for leaking information about the penalty plan over the phone to a former colleague at Japan Post Holdings, the former state-owned postal and financial services group that was privatized in 2007. The government still owns 57 percent of the company.

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