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Yukio Okonogi, former president of the defunct Kokumin Bank, was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in prison for aggravated breach of trust by granting up to 9 billion yen in illegal loans.

The Tokyo District Court also sentenced Hideyuki Suzuki, former deputy head of the bank, for conspiring with Okonogi, 69, in the scheme to a suspended two-year term.

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