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Yoshishiro Kimura, a former mayor of Ishioka, Ibaraki Prefecture, was sentenced Friday to a suspended prison term for taking 2 million yen in bribes in 1999 while he was still in office.

The Tokyo District Court sentenced Kimura, 61, to 2 1/2 years, suspended for five years, and fined him 2 million yen for aggravated bribery.

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