• Kyodo


Local police increasingly suspect that a number of Nagano Prefectural Government officials were engaged in organized influence-peddling in support of a former vice governor’s unsuccessful campaign in the Oct. 15 gubernatorial election.

The arrest Thursday of Yoshiro Kobayashi, 54, head of the prefecture’s civil engineering department’s comptroller office on suspicion of violating the Public Offices Election Law brought the number of Nagano officials arrested so far in the scandal to five.

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