Former top prosecutor fined for gambling

A Tokyo court has fined a former high-ranking Japanese prosecutor for gambling. He has been in hot water for playing mahjong for money during the first coronavirus state of emergency.

The Tokyo Summary Court on Tuesday ordered Kurokawa Hiromu to pay a fine of about 1,800 dollars.

Kurokawa used to head the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors' Office. He stepped down after being reprimanded in May 2020 for playing the game for money with two newspaper reporters and one former reporter.

A citizens' group filed a criminal complaint with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office against Kurokawa and the three others.
But prosecutors decided in July not to indict them. They said not much money had changed hands on the day in question.

Then in December, a prosecution inquest panel composed of randomly chosen citizens decided Kurokawa should be indicted after all.

Prosecutors reviewed the case and brought a summary indictment against Kurokawa on March 18.

If Kurokawa pays the fine, he will not face trial.