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Former Japanese trade minister Isshu Sugawara has been questioned by prosecutors on suspicion that his office offered money and gifts to supporters in violation of the country’s election law, sources said Wednesday.

The scandal first came to light after a weekly magazine reported in October last year that Sugawara’s secretary had offered condolence money to the bereaved family of a supporter in his Tokyo constituency that month. Sugawara resigned as minister the next day, little more than a month after assuming the post.

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