Japan: Nation’s youngest mayor, appealing bribery conviction in Gifu, wins third term uncontested

Author(s): UNK | Date: May 14, 2017 | Language: English
Source: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/ | URL: https://goo.gl/x4qjNc | Type: Text

The mayor of Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture, who is appealing a high court conviction for bribery, secured a third term Sunday because he was the only person to file for the May 21 election by the deadline.
With the major political parties bowing out, Hiroto Fujii, 32, won uncontested just five months after stepping down as mayor of the city of 56,000 and seeking a mandate after his conviction.
Fujii, who became the nation’s youngest mayor ever in June 2013, overwhelmingly won re-election in January to serve out the remainder of his term. He was arrested over the bribe charges in 2014.
The Nagoya District Court acquitted him, but the high court in November found him guilty of receiving ¥300,000 in bribes and handed down a suspended sentence. He appealed.