Yoshie Yamaguchi, 62, elder sister of former Labor Minister Toshio Yamaguchi, was given a suspended 2 1/2-year prison term for collaborating with her brother in having the bankrupt Tokyo Kyowa and Anzen credit unions extend loans illegally to her golf course company.

Presiding Judge Masaki Wakahara said the defendant played a key role in soliciting the transactions, including carrying out procedures for the loan extensions, which left the two credit unions with heavy losses.

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