LIMA (Kyodo) A Brazilian appeals court has upheld the four-year prison term handed to a Japanese-Brazilian man convicted for a hit-and-run case in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1999 that killed a 16-year-old girl.

But the court in the state of Sao Paulo reduced the compensation required to be paid by the defendant, Milton Noboru Higaki, 34, to relatives of the victim, Mayumi Ochiai, to 10 months’ pay at minimum wage (about ¥220,000), instead of 180 months (about ¥3.95 million), which was ordered in the previous court ruling in November.

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