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Former Lower House member Tadayoshi Iijima was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for five years, for giving or trying to give gift certificates to 24 supporters in connection with the June 25 general election.

The Yokohama District Court also ordered Iijima, 55, to pay a penalty of 560,000 yen. Prosecutors had sought an 18-month prison term and a 560,000 yen fine.

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