KOBE (Kyodo) A former mayor of Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday and ordered to pay ¥11 million for taking bribes from parties seeking to land public works contracts.

The Kobe District Court handed down the term to Yoshihide Sakaue, 62, for accepting ¥11 million in bribes, rejecting his defense counsel’s appeal for a suspended sentence.

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