Japanese Diplomat Sentenced in Domestic Abuse Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - A San Francisco-based Japanese diplomat who pleaded no contest to domestic violence charges has been ordered to serve a year in jail.

The San Mateo Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/11709B0 ) Yoshiaki Nagaya - a vice consul at the Japanese consulate in San Francisco - was sentenced Monday after pleading no contest to two counts of domestic violence in December.

The newspaper says the 33-year-old Nagaya was originally charged with more than a dozen counts of domestic violence for injuries to his wife, Yuka, but a judge dropped one count and prosecutors dismissed the rest as part of a plea deal.

Officials say Nagaya must report to jail on May 4, but he is eligible to serve the time through an alternative work furlough program.

Deputy Consul General Nobuhiro Watanabe told The Associated Press the case has been reported to "our headquarters in Tokyo."

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