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The Tokyo High Court on Tuesday upheld a prison sentence for former Vice Defense Minister Takemasa Moriya for taking bribes from a defense equipment trader.

Presiding Judge Tetsuji Nagaoka turned down Moriya’s appeal against the Tokyo District Court’s ruling in November 2008 that sentenced him to two years and six months in prison, with no suspension, and ordered him to return ¥12.5 million in the bribes he took from Yamada Corp.

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