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The Tokyo District Court sentenced the former president of a major consultancy to a year in prison, suspended for two years, for evading corporate taxes but waived a breach of trust charge filed against him over a state-funded project to dispose of chemical weapons that Japan left in China after World War II.

Shota Morita, 68, former president of Pacific Consultants International, evaded some ¥80 million in corporate taxes over two years through September 2004 to squeeze out money used in securing orders for official development assistance projects, the ruling said.

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