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Cabinet OKs prosecutor Kainaka as Supreme Court Justice.

TOKYO, Oct. 4 Kyodo

The cabinet on Friday endorsed Tatsuo Kainaka, superintendent public prosecutor in the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office, as a Supreme Court Justice, government officials said.

Kainaka, 62, will assume the post Monday to replace Kazutomo Ijima, a former public prosecutor who is set to retire Sunday.

Kainaka became a public prosecutor in 1966 after graduating from Chuo University. He served as chief public prosecutor in the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office and deputy prosecutor general in the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office before being appointed to his current post in January.

While a deputy chief prosecutor in the Tokyo district office, the native of Hyogo Prefecture handled cases related to the AUM Shinrikyo cult and AIDS caused by contaminated blood products, and as chief public prosecutor there was in charge of the bribery case involving former Construction Minister Eiichi Nakao.
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Date:Oct 7, 2002
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