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Ex-minister convicted for receiving bribe from egg producer

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Not surprisingly those saying he would only get a suspended sentence same as Akita were proved right.

The judge criticized the former minister for "lacking remorse for his actions as a lawmaker," calling his assertion that the money was a political donation "irrational and far removed from common sense."

But even so Yoshikawa will not go to prison, it does not feel like he was made an example at all, people caught doing the same in the future now know there is not even need to show any remorse to get a mild sentence.

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Not eggxactly rocket science to have calculated this outcome: Another SUSPENDED sentence for a disgraced minister AND those colluding with corrupt officials in Japan.

*- “Former J farm minister Yoshikawa was sentenced Thurs to 2 years and 6 months in prison, suspended for 4 years, for receiving bribes from an egg production company while in office. Akita was found guilty last Oct at the Tokyo District Court, which sentenced him to 20 mos in prison, suspended for 4 years, for bribing Yoshikawa.” -*

5 ( +12 / -7 )

two years and six months in prison, suspended for four years

A poultry sentence.

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

HBJ

At least the 5 million hen has been recooperated.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Not eggxactly rocket science to have calculated this outcome”. Way to cut Ministry of Justice prison budgets.

With all these suspended sentences for Japan’s convicted criminals as of late, appears only the lifers will be cleaning the spiderwebs from all the empty prison cells.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Ages 71 and 88. These men should be retired, playing golf, or at least practicing their swing on a train station platform somewhere, not partaking in bribery while they probably already have millions of Yen stashed away.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Japan’s “Ministry of Justice”? Suspended? This former minister is remorseless and felt entitled. He and that eggzecutive should be mucking out chicken pens for the next two and half years.

The daily waste, graft and corruption by Japan’s municipal, prefectural and national governments continues unabated while Japan has many working poor barely surviving.

Where is all that money now?

10 ( +11 / -1 )

This guy just ended up with egg on his face. Oh wait, suspended. OK, slap on the wrist, naughty, naughty boy.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

Oh you must be “yoking”! That’s really is hard to “beat”. Didn’t even need to “shell” out on a fine?…

im Terri fried for the future. That’s really is hard to “beat”. Didn’t even need to “shell” out on a fine?…

im Terri fried for the future. Wish he got “boiled” for it!

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The daily waste, graft and corruption by Japan’s municipal, prefectural and national governments continues unabated while Japan has many working poor barely surviving.

Where is all that money now?

Broken clockwork. Again and again and again. This guy's buddies the judge, his cousins the prosecuter and his uncles the guy who runs the blue pinstripe suit importing business. In the US we gotta website, the onion. They copy paste the same story every mass shooting. Could do the same thing in Japan for a court case like the "chicken man" … copy paste : Looters Dont Pay!

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One of the de facto founders of the LDP (used money from the CIA) Kishi Nobusuke (Abe's grandfather and grandfather to current Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo) wrote the handbook on accepting bribes, stating that,

"Political funds should be accepted only after they have passed through a 'filter' and been 'cleansed'. If a problem arises, the 'filter' itself will then become the center of the affair, while the politician, who has consumed the 'clean water', will not be implicated. Political funds become the basis of corruption scandals only when they have not been sufficiently 'filtered.'"[4]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobusuke_Kishi

Apparently Yoshikawa did not get the memo, and is only now claiming the money was for 'political purposes.'

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The Tokyo District Court ruled that Yoshikawa received a total of 5 million yen from the then head of Akita Foods Co between November 2018 and August 2019 when he was farm minister while being aware of the company head's intention to seek favors.

5 million JPY? Inflation has definitely kicked in! I remember cases of bribery involving only 1-2 Mio JPY. (#sarcasm)

The price for a public official is going up. FOMO is kicking in! Buy now! (#sarcasm_again)

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They are out of date : they should have been using cryptos, not brown enveloppes.

Should be punished for that only.

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They gave him eggs. Now they owe him bacon.

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People seem to enjoy making light of this, which is fine.

However, if u live here, u r in effect making jokes at your own expense, as ultimately they r stealing from all taxpayers.

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The thing is also the shame everyone from the executive for this minister corruption participation. When they take office they should in the future be asked if its okay to hang a poster in his gabinet front door saying - don't engage in corruption please!

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poor chickens (TωT)

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

I feel this is eggsagerated. He must have scrambled brains. What eggselent example of corruption. That bad egg spoiled the bunch.

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