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Graft-buster killed in Japan

Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Reuters): A Japanese Opposition lawmaker known for his aggressive probing into ruling party corruption scandals was stabbed to death today in what could be the nationís first political assassination in more than four decades.

Police said Democratic Party politician Koki Ishii, 61, was attacked in front of his home in central Tokyo by an unidentified man in his Fifties who ran away.

With the perpetrator still on the run, the motive for the crime was unclear. Japanese lawmakers have been attacked in the past, sometimes by Right-wing extremists with gangster links.

Media reports said Ishii had been about to step into his car when a man wearing a red bandanna approached and stabbed him without saying anything.

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