OSAKA (Kyodo) The Osaka District Court sentenced a former mayor of Kashiwara, Osaka Prefecture, to three years in prison for taking bribes and having a local newspaper publish articles favorable to the candidate he had handpicked to succeed him.

The court said Toshikazu Yamanishi, 76, who was mayor for 32 years, had signed a contract with a cleaning service to have a city facility cleaned from 1999 to 2004 without going through the required public tender.

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