The Tokyo District Court on Tuesday handed down a suspended sentence to a former welfare ministry official for taking bribes in connection with the My Number social security and tax number system.
Kazuyuki Nakayasu, 46, was found guilty of taking ¥1 million in bribes in 2011 to favor a Tokyo-based information technology company in winning computer system development contracts related to the My Number project.
Nakayasu was also ordered to pay a ¥1 million fine.
The court handed down a prison term of 18 months, suspended for four years.
“The loss of public confidence in a national policy is a grave consequence,” presiding Judge Takeshi Irie said.
But the court took a lenient view because Nakayasu admitted to the crime and expressed remorse.
According to the ruling, he took the cash in bribes from a former executive of the IT company in November 2011 for assisting the firm in winning two contracts worth a total of ¥210 million.
The three-year statute of limitations has expired for the corporate executive who allegedly paid the bribes.
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