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Former justice minister Kawai gets 3 years for vote-buying

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Wow! Definitely an interesting and encouraging decision-a jail term for a government official breaking the law. It would be interesting to hear the reason why the judge felt a jail term is necessary. Could it be that too many officials are not caring about following the rules and the judge wants to make this point?

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Wow! “*Not suspended?*

“But the Yomiuri Shimbun daily reported that he appealed.” -

Oh! … So then, … Suspended.

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It looks like he didn't have the right connections with the LDP leadership.

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Hmm, a verdict that seems to serve the perception of justice done for a change, but hardly makes it easier to suspend disbelief. To be continued, no doubt.

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They all do it. Why him only?

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"appeal" !!!!! wait for the dénoument.

what about the people who took the bribes?

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So the husband who buys votes goes to jail, but the wife who received the votes, and who is occupying a governmental position thanks to those votes, has been found guilty but gets a suspended sentence and doesn't have to go to jail? Is she still at her post, "serving" the people?

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I really hope he has to do some bird. Sadly I work his appeal will make his 3 years suspended. I want to be wrong!

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Abe did the same. I can’t wait to spend my tax money on his 3 year “hotel” stay.

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What about all the people who “sold” their votes?

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Why isn’t the wife going to jail too? She’s just as dirty as him

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Shinzo Abe walks away whistling, yet again.

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'The defense appealed the ruling, having sought a suspended sentence on the grounds that Kawai had admitted to most of the charges and resigned as a lawmaker. '

Source: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210618/p2g/00m/0na/040000c

They actually tried to appeal for a suspended sentence on the grounds he'd admitted his crime and resigned.

"Sorry judge. My bad! I admit I [insert crime here]. Can I go home now please?"

To think they thought it might actually work speaks volumes ....

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He sounds like a thoroughly corrupt type.

Maybe he can swing an “amakudari “ deal with the IOC.

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Close friend of Abe = We all know he won't spend much time (if at all) in jail.

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It'll be suspended quietly later when there's a sufficient diversion (like the Olympics) that can draw away the public's attention.

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Oooooops. I guess he greased the wrong palms. Better do some more research next time, partnah!

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It would make a mockery out of democracy if this guy gets a suspended sentence.

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If this sets precedent then half the LDP will be in jail soon for vote buying.

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Most politicians in any country are criminals they just don’t get caught in my opinion

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Getting off the hook, more or less can be pretty easy if you have the right connections. All he will say in a couple of weeks or months is. . . I'm back again!

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Katsuyuki's sentence is not suspended, meaning he faces jail time. But the Yomiuri Shimbun daily reported that he appealed.

So..................he will most likely try again to not face jail time because of his title?

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