Former Air Self-Defense Force chief and failed Tokyo governor candidate Toshio Tamogami was arrested Thursday for allegedly violating election laws by paying campaign staff following the 2014 election race.

Tamogami, 67, who ran as an independent, was arrested by prosecutors together with Nobuteru Shimamoto, 69, who served as his election secretariat chief.

The two are alleged to have paid a total of ¥2.8 million as remuneration to five campaign staffers after the election. Shimamoto is also suspected of receiving ¥2 million from Tamogami.