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The defense lawyer was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, and the trial of the bribery of the former Japanese Prime Minister couple was interrupted.

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December 16th According to a report by the Central News Agency, the Tokyo District Court was originally scheduled to hold a hearing on the 16th local time in the case of Katsuyuki Kawai, the former Japanese Minister of Justice, who was temporarily cancelled because a lawyer in the Kawai defense team was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

The Tokyo District Court said that it was originally planned to question the former mayor of Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture on the 16th, but because a lawyer in the Kawai defense team was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the court session had to be temporarily cancelled.

It is reported that in the Japanese Senate election held in the summer of 2019, Katsuyuki Kawai’s wife was elected to the Senate for the first time, but the couple was immediately accused of sending cash to 100 local members of parliament before and after the announcement of the Senate election, in violation of the relevant provisions of the Public Office Election Law.

On August 25, 2020, in the first public trial around the election bribery, the couple denied the relevant content of the prosecution and both claimed innocence.

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