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The Chiba prefectural government has detected accounting irregularities totaling ¥29.79 billion from fiscal 2003 through fiscal 2007. The irregularities were found at 383 — about 96 percent — of the prefectural government’s sections, including the prefectural police.

Slush funds amounting to ¥418 million were created, and accounting manipulation in the form of cash, postal stamps and taxi tickets worth ¥44 million was detected in 86 sections. Unaccounted-for expenditures that may have been used for prefectural workers’ private purposes amounted to ¥112 million. The Chiba prefectural government has determined that it lost ¥700 million through these irregularities.

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