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Government official surrenders; Admits to bribing a contractor

Date Posted: 2004-10-07

A senior government official has surrendered to police after discovering he was target of an undercover bribery scandal investigation.

Prefecture General Bureau office chief Kenichi Kameshiro, 48, turned himself into police, saying he knew he couldn’t escape from an investigation under way since 2000.

He’s charged with giving favor to a road construction work vendor, Gushikawa City Tengan’s gardener. Kameshiro got money, reportedly ¥200,000~300,000 in form of a prepaid highway travel card.

Police say Kameshiro was the Ishikawaa City national highway system roads supervisor during the early 2000 period, when he gave the job to Gardener in exchange for the card. That word leaked to police, who began a secret investigation. “Yes, I did get the highway ticket from them,” Kameshiro admitted, telling authorities “I already used the card, and changed it into cash. I have no more money.” Authorities say Kameshiro has been fired from his job as well.

Police wanted to arrest Gardener, the construction vendor, but the statute of limitations prevented it.

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