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Prosecutors sought three years in prison and a ¥30 million fine Wednesday in a Tokyo District Court trial session for a former defense consultant charged with evading some ¥99 million in income taxes.

Naoki Akiyama, 60, former executive director of the Japan-U.S. Center for Peace and Cultural Exchange, made use of his position to exert influence on the selection of contractors for a government project to dispose of abandoned chemical weapons in China, the prosecutors said.

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