Top court dismisses Nakao’s appeal

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal from former Construction Minister Eiichi Nakao, who was sentenced to 22 months in prison and fined 60 million yen for accepting bribes, court officials said Wednesday.

The top court’s decision finalized his sentence without suspension.

Nakao accepted 60 million yen in bribes from Wakachiku Construction Co. in 1996 for promising to favor the company in bidding for public works projects, according to the Tokyo High Court ruling in November.

During the high court sessions, Nakao’s lawyers said he should receive a suspended sentence because he had shown remorse and his health was deteriorating.

Nakao was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1967. He became construction minister in January 1996 after serving as minister of international trade and industry.