A court has sentenced a former career bureaucrat in the education ministry to two years in prison, suspended for four years, for using and possessing a stimulant drug earlier this year.
The Tokyo District Court ruled that Mitsuhiro Fukuzawa, 44, violated the stimulant drug control law by using a stimulant drug around May 27 at his home in Tokyo and possessing a stimulant drug and marijuana at the ministry and his home on May 28.
"While his dependence on a stimulant drug runs deep, the defendant has realized the enormous social impact of the investigation that even covered his workplace and has expressed remorse," Judge Shiho Akita said in explaining the reason for the suspended sentence.
Fukuzawa said during the first court hearing of his trial on July 31 that he used the drug as he was under stress for having been mistreated at work.
He was an assistant director to the counselor for the elementary and secondary education bureau of the ministry before he was dismissed on July 26 over the case.© KYODO