Japan court jails ex-top defence official over bribesA Japanese court on Wednesday sentenced a former top defence official to two-and-a-half years in prison over a bribery scandal that embarrassed the government.
Takemasa Moriya, 64, who was nicknamed "the emperor" for his influence within the defence ministry until he retired last year, was also ordered to pay 12.5 million yen (126,000 dollars) in penalties, a court spokesman said.
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The chief government spokesman denounced the crime.
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v. in this bribery case," Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura told reporters.
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Moriya, who was the top bureaucrat at the defence ministry, was also found guilty of perjury perjury (pûr`jərē), in criminal law, the act of willfully and knowingly stating a falsehood under oath or under affirmation in judicial or administrative proceedings. for giving false testimony as a sworn witness in parliament last year before his arrest. He is appealing against the verdict.
The contractor involved in the corruption, Motonobu Miyazaki, 70, was sentenced to two years in prison.
Moriya admitted taking bribes but his defence counsel sought a suspended term, saying he had never hurt Japan's national interests.
Repeated scandals at the defence ministry have been a headache for the government.
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Prime Minister Taro Aso also came under pressure this week to clarify his own position on Japan's colonial past after his government sacked the air force chief for saying Japan was not a World War II aggressor.