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Former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai, who is on trial for alleged vote-buying to help his wife’s 2019 election campaign, has expressed his intention to resign as a lawmaker, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Kawai, a 58-year-old House of Representatives member, is accused of handing out a total of about ¥29 million to 100 individuals, including local politicians and supporters in his home prefecture of Hiroshima, to reward them for votes secured in the campaign to ensure his wife, Anri Kawai, would be elected.

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