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A 76-year-old former Japanese municipal assemblyman was sentenced Friday to life in prison by a court in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou for smuggling drugs, his attorney said.

Takuma Sakuragi, a former assemblyman from Inazawa, Aichi Prefecture, was detained by Chinese authorities in October 2013 when he was found to be carrying about 3.3 kilograms (just over 7 pounds) of illegal stimulants in his suitcase.

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