Former mayor in central Japan arrested for bribery
Jiji -- Jun 17
Police arrested Hiromi Tsukuda, former mayor of Ito in the central Japan prefecture of Shizuoka, Saturday on suspicion of bribery over the city's land purchase.

The police also arrested Keijiro Mori, president of Towa Kaihatsu Co., a local real estate company, and Hiroshi Inaba, a corporate employee, for their alleged roles in the bribery case.

Tsukuda, 71, is suspected of receiving a total of about 10 million yen in bribe from Mori, 47, via Inaba, 50, on several occasions between late August and early September in 2015 while in office in exchange for the city government's acquisition of a former hotel site from Towa Kaihatsu.

In an interview made before the arrest, Tsukuda said he only got back the money he had lent, denying any wrongdoing.

Towa Kaihatsu acquired the 4,000-square-meter former hotel site for about 50 million yen in October 2014. The city government bought the site for some 200 million yen from the company in July 2015 to build a learning facility.

警視庁は静岡県伊東市の前市長ら3人を逮捕しました。ホテル跡地の売買を巡る贈収賄の疑いです。 収賄の疑いで逮捕されたのは、伊東市の前市長・佃弘巳容疑者(71)です。また、贈賄の疑いなどで不動産会社社長の森圭司郎容疑者(47)と仲介役の稲葉寛容疑者(50)が逮捕されました。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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