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A former Nishimatsu Construction Co. official was given a suspended sentence Tuesday for involvement in illicit business practices that led to the indictments of the company’s former head and an aide of Democratic Party of Japan heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa.

The Tokyo District Court sentenced Kazuhiko Takahara, 64, to 18 months in prison, suspended for four years, for helping generate and control illicit overseas funds in violation of the foreign-exchange and foreign trade law as well as for embezzling company money.

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