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Prosecutors on Monday sought a three-year prison sentence for a former member of the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly who left a lasting impression on many TV viewers after weeping hysterically at a news conference where he was questioned about his alleged misuse of public funds.

Ryutaro Nonomura, 49, is being tried at the Kobe District Court on charges of pocketing about ¥9.13 million in travel allowances by pretending to make numerous work-related trips.

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