• Kyodo News


The Tokyo District Court is expected to conclude the trial of three former aides to Democratic Party of Japan kingpin Ichiro Ozawa on July 20 and hand down rulings in the fall over the alleged false reporting of his political funds, sources said.

The schedule was set during a pretrial coordination meeting Thursday involving Tomohiro Ishikawa, 37, a House of Representatives lawmaker, Takanori Okubo, 49, a former state-funded secretary to the former DPJ leader, and Mitsutomo Ikeda, 33, a former private secretary to Ozawa, the sources said.

The court, prosecutors and the defense team agreed to hold the first session on Feb. 7 and a further 15 sessions prior to the trial’s conclusion, they said.

More than 10 people will testify, including executives of Mizutani Construction Co., a subcontractor on a dam project in Iwate Prefecture, Ozawa’s political base, and bank officials, they said.

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