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In a possible violation of the Political Funds Control Law, the private political office of arrested lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto may have diverted money from a Tokyo-based consultancy to pay the salaries of his private secretaries, investigative sources said Sunday.

Under such an arrangement, secretaries’ salaries need to be booked as “donations” from supporters. But Akimoto’s political funds reports between 2016 and 2018 had no mention of such money, which could amount to a violation of the law, the sources said.

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