Former Japanese Economy Minister sentenced to fines for bribing voters


Former Minister of Economy , trade and industry of Japan Isshu Sugawara was sentenced for bribery of voters to a fine (400 thousand yen) and deprivation of the right to stand for election in any election for three years. The former official was convicted on Monday by a Tokyo court of general jurisdiction, according to NHK.

It is clear that the investigation accused Isshu Sugawara of paying organizations in his constituency in Tokyo in 2018 and 2019, as part of masking the payment for funeral services of 800,000 yen.

The exminister resigned from the mandate in March this year. He held his position in the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who resigned after being revealed in the press.


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