1st Plea-Bargaining Deal Made in Japan

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Tokyo, July 14 (Jiji Press)--Japan's first plea-bargaining deal has been made between the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office and a Japanese company that reported a bribery case involving a foreign civil servant, informed sources said Saturday.

Based on the deal, the prosecutors will forgo building a case against the company, while proceeding with its investigation of an employee of the firm involved in the alleged bribe-giving, the sources said.

The country's plea-bargaining system, designed to reward criminal suspects or defendants who provide public prosecutors with information on the crimes of others, was introduced last month.

According to the sources, the company that made the plea-bargaining deal is Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd., which was created in February 2014 through the integration of the thermal power plant businesses of Hitachi Ltd. <6501> and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011>.

At issue is a project to build a power plant in southern Thailand, for which Mitsubishi Heavy won a contract in 2013, before the creation of MHPS.

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