• Kyodo


Four men convicted of smuggling a large volume of a restricted ozone-depleting substance into Japan were given suspended prison terms by a district court Thursday.

The Kokura branch of the Fukuoka District Court sentenced Yuichiro Nakazono, 33; Kenji Araki, 41; and Masashi Miyachi, 28, to two-year prison terms, suspended for four years, and ordered each of them to pay a 1 million yen penalty.

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