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A high court on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling that sentenced a former top bureaucrat to six years in prison for murdering his socially reclusive son in Tokyo in 2019.

The Tokyo High Court rejected an appeal by the defense team of Hideaki Kumazawa, 77, former vice minister for agriculture, forestry and fisheries, who pleaded not guilty, claiming he had feared for his life and acted in self-defense against his 44-year-old eldest son, who had a developmental disorder.

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