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Monju operator paid ¥109 million in ‘member fees’ to related entities via The Japan Times Online

The state-run operator of the experimental Monju fast-breeder reactor paid ¥109 million in “membership fees” to various bodies in 2009, raising suspicions that taxpayer money is being abused, a ruling party panel said Monday.

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency, which answers to the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, made the payments between April and September. Some of the entities paid had given former officials of the ministry and agency cozy postretirement jobs.

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