Japan councilor’s China drug trial ends


BEIJING: The Chinese trial of a Japanese city politician for drug trafficking has ended with prosecutors asking for a sentence ranging from 15 years to death, reports said. Takuma Sakuragi, a councilor in the central Japanese city of Inazawa, was arrested with more than three kilograms of “white crystals” later tested to contain methamphetamine, in a suitcase at Guangzhou airport last October, previous Chinese media reports said. He was handed a suitcase by two African associates in Guangzhou, in southern China, and was asked to give it to the wife of one of them in Tokyo, according to the reports.



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