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Prosecutors indicted a total of 34 individuals on Monday, including local assembly members in western Japan’s Hiroshima Prefecture, over vote-buying by former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai for his wife in the 2019 Upper House election, reversing their initial decision.

Kawai has been convicted of handing out a total of ¥28.7 million to 100 local assembly members and supporters in his wife Anri’s constituency in Hiroshima in an attempt to buy votes.

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