The Supreme Court on July 4 rejected an appeal from a former Environment Agency director general, letting stand a lower court sentence of three years in prison and a 300 million yen fine for tax evasion.

Toshiyuki Inamura earned about 2.8 billion yen through speculative stock trading in Kokusai Kogyo and other firms through Koshin, a securities speculative group led by Mitsuhiro Kotani, over three years from 1986. Inamura was found guilty of not reporting the income and avoiding some 1.7 billion yen in income taxes. Inamura had pleaded guilty to the charges.

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