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Prosecutors indicted two men Friday on suspicion of intimidating lay judges during the trial of a senior member of a yakuza crime syndicate in the first such charges since Japan’s lay judge system was introduced in 2009.

The two are Toshimi Kusumoto, a former gang member associated with the defendant’s Kudo-kai crime syndicate based in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, and Kimikazu Nakamura, a company employee and former classmate of the defendant.

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