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OSAKA — Health and Welfare Ministry narcotics agents have arrested a technical official with the National Police Agency on suspicion of buying amphetamines via the Internet, an Osaka office of the ministry said Wednesday.

Tetsuya Nishizaka, 27, of the NPA’s Information Communications Bureau, bought 6 grams of drugs for about 60,000 yen from a man in his 20s in late March after contacting him over the Internet, according to the ministry’s Office of Kinki District Narcotics Control Officers.

The ministry’s narcotics officers investigated the NPA in connection with the case. The NPA said it was the first time the agency, which is in charge of Japan’s police administration, has been the focus of a criminal case.

Nishizaka, who was arrested Monday, worked for an NPA section handling Internet crime before being transferred to the bureau’s planning section in April 1999, the NPA said.

The agency said it will punish Nishizaka after confirming the facts of the case.

“It is truly regrettable that someone who works at the NPA has committed such a thing when police forces across the nation are trying to regain public trust,” said Hiroshi Tamura, chief of the NPA bureau’s planning section.

Suspended bribe term

NAGOYA (Kyodo) The Nagoya District Court on Wednesday sentenced a former police officer to a suspended prison term for taking 150,000 yen in bribes from a private detective to check if eight people had criminal records.

Kazuhiko Sato, 48, a member of the Aichi Prefectural Police at the time of the crime, was given a prison term of two years, suspended for four years, and fined the same amount he received as bribes.

The private detective, Hideo Yokochi, 42, was sentenced to two years in prison for bribing Sato.

The prosecutors had demanded two years’ imprisonment and a fine of 150,000 yen for Sato, and 21/2 years for Yokochi.

Judge Yoji Ishiyama said Sato’s conduct “seriously damaged public trust in police officers.”

Between May and November 1999, Sato took 150,000 yen in cash and other forms of bribes from Yokochi, and used a computer at a police station to check if the eight have criminal records and told Yokochi of the results.