• Kyodo


An aide and an election campaign worker for former New Conservative Party leader Hiroshi Kumagai received suspended prison sentences Thursday for violating the election law in November.

The Hamamatsu Branch of the Shizuoka District Court sentenced the aide, Tatsuya Hidaka, 41, to 18 months in prison, suspended for five years. The election campaigner, Kim Tae Hyong, 36, was handed a one-year sentence, suspended for four years, and ordered to pay 1 million yen in penalties.

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