Ex-chief of Japanese egg firm found guilty of bribery

Japan Times -- Oct 07
Tokyo District Court on Wednesday found Yoshiki Akita, former chief of an egg production firm, guilty of bribing former agriculture minister Takamori Yoshikawa.
Presiding Judge Katsuko Mukai sentenced Akita, the 87-year-old former chief of Akita Foods, based in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, to 20 months in prison with a suspension of four years. Mukai said Akita proactively provided a massive amount of money to Yoshikawa to seek favors for egg farmers, including over international farming standards and government lending to the industry. As a result of the bribery, unprecedented favors, including holding a lobby meeting attended by lawmakers, were handed out, the judge said. According to the ruling, Akita gave Yoshikawa a total of ¥5 million on three occasions between November 2018 and August 2019 to gain favors for the poultry industry.

吉川貴盛元農林水産大臣を巡る汚職事件で東京地裁は鶏卵業大手の元代表に対し懲役1年8カ月、執行猶予4年の有罪判決を言い渡しました。 - ANNnewsCH