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Disgraced Japanese construction minister sent back to jail

Former Japanese construction minister, Eiichi Nakao, has lost his appeal against a jail sentence for corruption.

Former Japanese construction minister, Eiichi Nakao, has lost his appeal against a jail sentence for corruption. In his original trial, Nakao pleaded guilty to accepting some 60 million yen (US$552,000) in bribes while in office from Wakachiku Construction Co. in 1996 in exchange for favourable treatment on such things as bidding on public works contracts. He was sentenced to two years in prison in October last year.

Although the Tokyo High Court rejected the appeal against a jail sentence, the term was reduced by two months after he donated money to charity.

The former minister, now 73 years old, entered the High Court in a wheelchair. Judge Shiraki rejected a plea for a suspended sentence, saying: “While holding an important post, he betrayed the public’s trust. Even considering he admitted guilt and his old age, a suspended sentence is not appropriate,” Shiraki said.

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