Prosecutors demanded a 21/2-year prison sentence Tuesday for Joji Yamamoto, a former House of Representatives lawmaker and ex-member of the Democratic Party of Japan accused of fraud for misappropriating public money paid to his secretary.

Yamamoto, 38, pleaded guilty in his first trial hearing before the Tokyo District Court on Nov. 10. He apologized for his actions, and his lawyers asked for leniency without rebutting any of the prosecutors’ charges.

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