• Kyodo


Former Lower House member Tadayoshi Iijima, who has been indicted on charges of vote-buying, pleaded guilty Wednesday during his first trial hearing before the Yokohama District Court.

According to prosecutors, Iijima gave gift certificates in July worth between 50,000 yen and 100,000 yen each to 15 people who worked to collect votes for him, violating the Public Offices Election Law.

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