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The average income of lawmakers in 2019 stood at ¥24.27 million, down 8.7 percent from the previous year and the first decline in four years, data released by the Diet showed Tuesday.

Taichiro Motoe, a House of Councilors member from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, topped the list of 653 lawmakers, with an income of ¥845.02 million. The lawyer-turned-politician gained ¥778.93 million last year through stock sales, according to the data.

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