• Kyodo


A 53-year-old former municipal official of the city of Susaki, Kochi Prefecture, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of embezzling some 300,000 yen in taxes paid by citizens, local police said.

The suspect, Hirofumi Yoshioka, allegedly pocketed the money — the fixed asset tax and national health insurance tax — paid by three residents between June last year and late February. Yoshioka was in charge of receipts at the municipal office’s tax affairs section at the time.

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