• Kyodo


The Shizuoka District Court on Wednesday sentenced a former police sergeant to 21/2 years in prison for leaking investigative information to three criminal suspects in a drugs case, including a woman with whom he was on intimate terms.

Handing down the sentence, presiding Judge Hiroyuki Asagawa said Masahiko Masuda, 34, allowed the woman to take advantage of their relationship at the expense of public trust in the police.

Masuda informed Nahomi Nagakura, 30, unemployed, sometime between February and October last year that warrants had been issued for her and two men suspected of violating the Stimulant Drugs Control Law, the court said.

The three are now on trial before the Yokohama District Court in the drugs case.

Masuda and Nagakura were on intimate terms, having secret liaisons at hotels in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, the court was told.

Masuda leaked investigative information to Nagakura for fear that his relationship with her might be exposed if she was arrested for stimulant possession and that he might lose his job, the court said.

When Nagakura caused a traffic accident in Numazu in May 1999, Masuda rushed to the scene and concealed about 120 grams of illegal drugs that she was in possession of because she was afraid that her personal belongings would be searched, the court was also told.

Suspended terms

The Tokyo District Court handed suspended prison terms Wednesday to a former company president and an executive director of the firm for aggravated breach of trust in connection with unlawful loans involving Nagasaki Prefecture-based Shinwa Bank.

Yoshihiko Suzuki, 42, former president of FR Co., a jewelry sales firm, received a suspended three-year sentence, while Takahiro Oishi, 48, a former executive director of the firm, was handed a suspended 18-month term.

Suzuki and Oishi unlawfully got former Shinwa Bank executives to provide about 4.9 billion yen in loans to FR and its affiliated firms between August 1994 and June 1995, knowing the loans would not be repaid, the court said.

Former Shinwa Bank President Toru Tsujita, 73, is also on trial on charges of violating the Commercial Law.

In the illegal loan case, seven people were indicted and two of them have already been convicted.

Damages for death

KITAKYUSHU (Kyodo) The Fukuoka District Court has ordered three people to pay a total of some 62 million yen in damages to the family of a company employee who died after being run over by a car immediately after being roughed up by passersby on a street here in 1998.

The next of kin demanded that the passersby involved and the man who was driving the car pay 95 million yen for the death of the 47-year-old man. Neither the defendants nor the victim were identified.

According to the ruling Tuesday, the victim got into a quarrel with two passersby around 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 7, 1998, while walking home. He was assaulted and fell onto the street, where he was run over by a car.

He died some six hours later.

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