Former Kyoto University professor held over bribery

TOKYO - Prosecutors arrested a former Kyoto University professor Tuesday on suspicion of receiving bribes from a Tokyo-based medical equipment sales company the orders of which he helped to secure from the university.

Gozo Tsujimoto, a former professor at the university's Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is suspected to have used a credit card provided by the company's president to pay for restaurant bills and several overseas trips.

The special investigation squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office also arrested the president, Keiji Kiguchi, for his role in the alleged bribery case.

In return for the favors he provided for the company in connection with the university's procurement of medical equipment and supplies, Tsujimoto received the credit card from Kiguchi around March 2005 and paid for restaurant bills worth about 4.76 million yen (S$76,000)from 2007 to 2011, prosecutors said.

Tsujimoto, 59, also is suspected to have had expenses totaling about 1.46 million yen for four overseas trips from 2009 to 2011 paid by the company.

The company, Medo Shirotori, received orders worth about 213 million yen for large items of medical equipment placed by the university from 2007 to 2011. The orders included one for next-generation genetic information analysing equipment worth about 80 million yen.

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