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FREEPER: "I HAVE DISCOVERED SOLICITATION OF FOREIGN FUNDS FOR HOWARD DEAN ON THE WEB (JAPAN)"
AmericanInTokyo (translating) from Japanese Website ^ | 17 December 2003 | AmericanInTokyo (translating from original Japanese to English)

Posted on 12/17/2003 2:25:53 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo

I have come across, (in the Japanese language), the directing of Japanese in Japan (foreign nationals/small contributions) to stateside contribution websites for the HOWARD DEAN FOR PRESIDENT campaign.

The Japanese site is located located at:

http://web.sfc.keio.ac.jp/~lune1978/mt/archives/000218.html

The post is from mid-August, but is still up. You will need a font/browser and Japanese language comprehension capabilities to understand the solicitation. This report follows research provided to FREE REPUBLIC in August 2003 [ http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/953876/posts ] also exposing the DENNIS KUCINICH campaign (which is still openly soliciting in Japanese FOREIGN CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS), on the internet in Japan. This also follows Matt Drudge's recent expose on some Democrat candidates engaged in this questionable practice. My translation synopsis follows below:


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Entitled "PR MEMO ON U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN" ("Amerika daitoryo senkyo no PR memo"), the solicitation and link to the Howard Dean campaign site for volunteers and contributors is done by a Japanese national "Nobu", who has a web account sponsored by the prestious KEIO UNIVERSIY in Tokyo, Japan.

"Nobu" says that there are many explanations for the surge of US Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean and some attributable to his effective online campaign.

He states that "in contrast to Japan, there is no limit to the amount of funds you can raise over there in America for presidential election." And then, "It's all about (three yen signs) money, money, money (three more yen signs) in the USA."

He then moves into explaining how things work:

"Here is the site for (candidate) Howard Dean (links it): http://dean2004meetup.com ", and then goes on to add:

"This site is easy to access. It is easy to participate in. It is easy to leave your opinions, too" ("accessu wa shiyasuku, kanyo ga shiyasuku, ikken mo iiyasuku")

"For those that wish to make contributions, these can even be done in small denominations, and can very easily been done with just one mouseclick." And, "Well, we have examples of this in Japan, but the running costs are high."

There are several other comments made about the Dean website. Essentially it is an effort to inform people about such a political website in the USA, help them locate it through URLs, and finally, the interested party in Japan ends up with a link to the contribution page for Howard Dean. There is no clear disclaimer about foreign contributions being illegal.

Granted, this effort, upon analysis, does not seem as explicit nor in skirting Federal Law as do the current websites in Japan (in Japanese) soliciting campaign funds overseas for Dennis Kucinich in an elaborate money laundering operation using the sales of his books as a front, it does tend to call strongly into question the activities of certain Presidential Campaigns and their legal status in doing this or allowing it to be done.

1 posted on 12/17/2003 2:25:55 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Obligatory "Dennis Kucinich-san" bump, too!


2 posted on 12/17/2003 2:26:38 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Good catch my friend!
3 posted on 12/17/2003 2:26:38 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Saddam looked like he could use a "Baath Party".)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
A Freeper might want to archive those Japanese websites quickly, before the 'embarrassed ones' begin to take them down or alter content.
4 posted on 12/17/2003 2:27:33 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Thank you, T_S.
5 posted on 12/17/2003 2:29:03 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I assume that Japanese donors would be donating by credit card. If their donations are small enough (under $250 I believe) they will not be tracked by the FEC.

How very excellent that you posted this!! Thank you!!

6 posted on 12/17/2003 2:31:01 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple
So when does China get their website to donate to Hitlary?
7 posted on 12/17/2003 2:32:29 PM PST by MizzouTigerRepublican (82nd ABN Gulf war vet)
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To: Miss Marple
Thanks, MM. The Kucinich Japanese websites (still running!) that I highlighted months ago really do look more egregious than this one, but this one is bad enough.
8 posted on 12/17/2003 2:32:50 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Nice find. With Canadians for Clark, MoveOn's international appeal for $$ etc., I am seeing that the left in America is running low on domestic money sources and, as is their wont, will do whatever it takes to try to regain and have power. Hopefully, Rove's presumed object of destroying the Rat party will nonetheless be achieved....
9 posted on 12/17/2003 2:34:03 PM PST by eureka! (Rats and Presstitutes lie--they have to in order to survive.....)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
>>This also follows Matt Drudge's recent expose on some Democrat candidates engaged in this questionable practice

"Questionable"...but is it illegal? Would contributions need to be returned?
10 posted on 12/17/2003 2:35:14 PM PST by cpst12 (Tax and spend democrats versus borrown and spend republicans...which is worse?)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Kucinich sure came out strong in favor of illegal aliens. Thus, Columbian drug cartels might well be filtering contributions to his campaign. Just wondering if any of the Democratic candidates do not support amnesty for illegal aliens.
11 posted on 12/17/2003 2:35:55 PM PST by Dante3
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To: Miss Marple
FEC can do an investigative audit the Kucinich and Dean campaigns (and Clarke?) and check the credit cards. There is a way generally to see if they are issued on a foreign bank. Also, it goes without saying that any JCB, Sumitomo-Visa, NICO, Orient Finance cards, etc., for example, would be an immediate 'red flag' to investigators.
12 posted on 12/17/2003 2:36:11 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
There is no clear disclaimer about foreign contributions being illegal

Since when has the word "illegal" meant anything to demon-rats or anything having to do with them? In the demon-rat dictionary, Illegal means "Legal as long as your not a Republican".

13 posted on 12/17/2003 2:36:22 PM PST by metalboy (I`m still waiting for the protests against Al Qaida and Saddam)
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To: cpst12
Any political contribution from a foreigner to a domestic US political campaign, even a green card holder resident in the United States I believe, would most definitely have to be returned. There could be civil or criminal penalties if aforeknowledge of these violations were known, but nonetheless, encouraged by any of the financial people on the campaign(s).
14 posted on 12/17/2003 2:38:01 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Kinda gratifying to watch the Left self-destruct, isn't it?


15 posted on 12/17/2003 2:39:14 PM PST by Prime Choice (Leftist opinions may be free, but I still feel like I'm getting ripped off every time I receive one.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thank you for being so alert. The question is to whom do we direct the complaint?
16 posted on 12/17/2003 2:40:15 PM PST by Eva
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To: AmericanInTokyo
So, if a 'foreigner' had an American bank credit card ( I know a few who do) and contributed to US political campaigns then, the money would be harder to trace or does it matter? Just wondering....
17 posted on 12/17/2003 2:41:45 PM PST by BossLady (Jailer: Yes, Saddam the Noriega Suite is available..........)
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To: Dante3
I myself suspect (but cannot prove--yet) that Howard Dean has caught the attention of Kim Jong-il in North Korea. Kim will stall the 6-party nuke negotiations a good year if he can, with the faint hopes Dean is put in office with an agenda the North Koreans can truly support. (They know they are dead in the water with an additional Bush term).

At any rate, it is a clearly a delaying and stalling game game right now by the Norkors, and they want to run the clock down on Bush. Having said that, the route of Pyongyang/North Korea to various Korean Associations in Japan, through Japanese banks or individuals, and then on to "friendly" USA anti-Bush campaigns in 2004 would be most interesting to see, it probably is being worked on as we speak. Our enemies did in Asia before, we can bet they will do it again. And the internet revolutionizes the possibilities.

18 posted on 12/17/2003 2:42:55 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: Eva
I think first a freeper needs to archive these sites for evidence. Second, it has to go to the FEC. But before that, even, I would say it should be blasted around the US by conservative talk radio, newsites like WorldNetDaily or Newsmax, etc. to put the heat on. There are millions of issues right now, and this is being drowned out by the sound of many other things. It can be done, though, Eva.
19 posted on 12/17/2003 2:45:10 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: BossLady
I believe that would be more difficult, yes. However, they do have to certify they are a US citizen, I believe, in political contribution forms. That should be looked into. There may be a law that directs the campaigns to ask that question. For full disclosure, contributors have to state this, if I am correct.
20 posted on 12/17/2003 2:46:31 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: Eva
I found this email address on the FEC website and sent in a complaint, with a link to the Jap page. Probably take a number of complaints to get the ball rolling. Spread the word. aford@fec.gov
21 posted on 12/17/2003 2:47:36 PM PST by Az Joe
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To: AmericanInTokyo; gaijin
Excellent work AIT. You are quite valuable to FR.
22 posted on 12/17/2003 2:48:06 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Drudge may like this thread. I tried to e-mail but couldn't from work...
23 posted on 12/17/2003 2:48:24 PM PST by eureka! (Rats and Presstitutes lie--they have to in order to survive.....)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I ran the text of this website through a Japanese-English translator, and this is what I got. The paragraph tags are mine, for ease of reading:

Although the former Vermont governor Howard Dean of the candidate the Democratic Party (54 years old) is attaching vigor quickly in the campaign of the U.S. President election PR memorandum 2003, many interpretive articles called skillful on-line campaign have come out of the secret. first of all, it is greater to raise many money (confidence will have been obtained) -- the state where there is almost nothing in restriction etc. in considerably different climates from Japan which says unlike Japan -- U.S. political campaign -- "\\\money\\\" --it is fighting by one of them At the beginning, the technique exists without number in sale of the character goods in WEB etc.

Incidentally, a political donation will achieve the surprising success of average $802,083 (it is about 96 million yen by 120 yen calculation) Japanese [ 1 ] by June 30 of Howard Dean, and information disclosure is carried out to having accumulated a total of 7 million dollars (940 millions) in April to June. (Or [ becoming what thing if money is accumulated like this in Japan ] (bitter smile))

Site http: of Howard Dean//dean2004.meetup.com/

It is easy to access, is easy to carry out participation, and is easy to say an opinion (supporter is also an example at BUROGU). A small sum comes out [ even a click ] and is also simply possible for a thing to donate money (the running cost was higher although the example also had this also in Japan). A legal portion is also kneaded. (If BUROGA and others of support starts a problem, it will become what!)

Because ‚for which the risk hedge of PR special company is surely needed, and those who are concerned are increased. If I hear that PR company observed and attacked in view of the possibility as the new technique of a network style to use of BUROGU, as for PR company which has contracted with other candidates, it is interesting whether they are.

Reference Report http: //story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/usatoday/20030808/ts_usatoday/11534182 Mr. Kato's mail

24 posted on 12/17/2003 2:48:57 PM PST by brewcrew
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To: AmericanInTokyo
When will the USA truly start to defend itself? How far will we let ourselves be pushed? I have long suspected Communist, Islamist and other America hating nations and foreign groups slyly manipulating our electoral process. It is war by unusual means, and it is cause for massive retaliation once the perps are IDd (assuming our protective institutions have the gonads to do the investigation...).

25 posted on 12/17/2003 2:48:59 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Un-PC even to "Conservatives!" - Right makes right)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
There are a lot of Japanese journalists covering the Democratic Debates, I've seen many of them.
26 posted on 12/17/2003 2:49:07 PM PST by yonif ("If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Wither" - Psalms 137:5)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
FR is great (and one thing). But if I can be a larger service to the Republic and our national security, it is indeed my pleasure. To me, the election of Howard Dean (and the ascendancy of his foreign policy advisors) indeed represents a SEVERE NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT. Thanks.
27 posted on 12/17/2003 2:49:56 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Ping to read later because your post are exceptional!!

(and I am going home)

28 posted on 12/17/2003 2:50:46 PM PST by Eaker (Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark. - Lazarus Long)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Well, I e-mailed the thread to WSJ, Best of the Web. They will know what to do with it, if anything.
29 posted on 12/17/2003 2:51:15 PM PST by Eva
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Who cares? Wake me up if you find out if a *government* or large foreign corporation is dropping somoe big coin into somebody's campaign. Sure, any contributions will probably have to be returned. But some non-Dean-affiliated schmoe putting up a grass-roots website soliciting small individual contributions for a foreign election is of no consequence compared to, say the Chinese govt funding Clinton.
30 posted on 12/17/2003 2:51:20 PM PST by Deathmonger
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thanks! I thought that was the case. Wanted a second opinion ;)
31 posted on 12/17/2003 2:52:22 PM PST by BossLady (Jailer: Yes, Saddam the Noriega Suite is available..........)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Here's a thread I posted earlier today about MoveOn's shenanigans. In case you missed it.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1042082/posts

Prairie
32 posted on 12/17/2003 2:53:06 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Rejoice in the love God has shown by sending His Son to live among us and in our hearts.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
The donations are probably not illegal. There was an article in the Wall Street Journal about overseas donations the other day. As long as the donations are made to organizations that are not the Dean campaign and are being used to support Democracy (yada yada) they are legal. Serphent head Carville and Move-On is behind this. While it flies in the face of campaign finance reform, it is legal.
33 posted on 12/17/2003 2:54:25 PM PST by Dave S
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Absolutely. Thanks.
34 posted on 12/17/2003 2:54:34 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Very interesting find on your part. It's unfortunate that it will probably never see daylight in mainstream media.

Well....mebbe we could do something about that.

35 posted on 12/17/2003 2:54:37 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I just lost my cable connection.....Where's Enzo Stuarti when you need him??)
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To: brewcrew
sounds like Yoda. thanks!
36 posted on 12/17/2003 2:55:03 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: cpst12
"Questionable"...but is it illegal? Would contributions need to be returned?

No, they are not illegal as long as they go to Move-On or some organization like that rather than the Dean for President campaign. The money is to be spent on ads bashing Bush, not praising Dean or the other dwarfs.

37 posted on 12/17/2003 2:56:40 PM PST by Dave S
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To: AmericanInTokyo
That is, of you, very nice to say. Mmmmmm.
38 posted on 12/17/2003 2:56:42 PM PST by brewcrew
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every cocktail party has one
39 posted on 12/17/2003 2:57:31 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: prairiebreeze
Thanks.
40 posted on 12/17/2003 2:57:48 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: Eva
Well, I e-mailed the thread to WSJ, Best of the Web. They will know what to do with it, if anything

I think the WSJ ran an article about the donations a few days ago. They said they were legal.

41 posted on 12/17/2003 2:58:02 PM PST by Dave S
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I copied both the thread on Free Republic and the actual Japanese page to my computer. I was really surprised when my computer copied the Japanese characters. I will try to e-mail this to some of the TV and radio stations.
42 posted on 12/17/2003 2:59:24 PM PST by Eva
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Nice work (again)!

However, what is your comfort level regarding being able to say that our Japanese allies are refraining from doing this for Bush at the present time? Have you performed enough due diligence that we won't be caught with our pants down if we start raising Caine on this topic against Dean?

I say this not to offend, just to cover our bases.

43 posted on 12/17/2003 2:59:33 PM PST by Southack (Media bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Dave S
I think that the article was referring to donations to MoveOn which is one of those PAC that the left so cleverly got through with campaign finance laws. This is not a solicitation for a special interest group. This is a direct solicitation.
44 posted on 12/17/2003 3:01:05 PM PST by Eva
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Good job, I sent a notice to the FEC with the relevant facts. I encourage all to do the same.

aford@fec.gov
45 posted on 12/17/2003 3:01:07 PM PST by Az Joe
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To: Southack
I would hope they would not do that to any American presidential campaign from whatever party. Thank you.
46 posted on 12/17/2003 3:01:31 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
"A Freeper might want to archive those Japanese websites quickly, before the 'embarrassed ones' begin to take them down or alter content."

Mozilla (free browser) is very good for this kind of thing, it grabs a whole page with pictures and puts it in a folder. Try mozilla.org

47 posted on 12/17/2003 3:01:34 PM PST by FastCoyote
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To: FastCoyote
Thank you. I assume it will save into eternity, whatever HTML and text there is on a page, be it in English, or Japanese, or Yoruba or Pashtun, right? Thanks.
48 posted on 12/17/2003 3:03:10 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
What if all the Al-Qaeda members in Japan signed up to volunteer for Dean? He has to be their candidate of choice and certainly would appreciate their help. Japanese communists? Members of the Japaense Society for the Consumption of Whales and Baby Fur Seals? Communist Party of Japan. Gee, if we could only find the key folks in Japan who, if found to have volunteered to help Dean, might cause him all sorts of embarassment when discovered. But then, that's the sort of thing McAuliffe might do.
49 posted on 12/17/2003 3:03:30 PM PST by Tacis
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To: Congressman Billybob
Your thoughts on this would be appreciated.
50 posted on 12/17/2003 3:04:37 PM PST by Eva
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