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The city of Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, announced Tuesday that it had auctioned off the desk and chair of its scandal-embroiled former mayor, who was criticized for lavishly spending taxpayer money.

The furniture was sold in an online auction for ¥3 million ($22,112) — about 1.5 times what former Mayor Hirotami Murakoshi paid for it using municipal government funds.

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