• Kyodo


A 76-year-old former village treasurer who was serving a 12-year prison term for embezzling some 1.3 billion yen from village coffers died early Thursday, sources close to the case said.

Tadao Iwasaki, former treasurer of Tosayama, Kochi Prefecture, died of an unspecified illness at a medical prison in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, where he had been transferred from Kochi Prison after his health deteriorated in the spring, according to the sources.

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