Prosecutors on Wednesday demanded that a former health official be given a three-year prison term for failing to stop the use of HIV-tainted blood products in the mid-1980s.

Akihito Matsumura, 59, is accused of professional negligence leading to the AIDS deaths of a hemophiliac and a liver patient treated with unheated blood products while he was chief of a Health and Welfare Ministry division in charge of drugs with biological origins.

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