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Prosecutors target bosses, not company, in Thai bribery case

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power gets off in Japan's first plea deal

A power plant gas turbine manufactured at a Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems plant in western Japan. The company has subsidiaries in Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia.

TOKYO -- Tokyo prosecutors on Friday charged three former executives of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems with bribery in Japan's first plea bargain deal, but the company itself was able to avoid prosecution.

Tokyo prosecutors allege that the trio offered a bribe in connection with a power plant construction project in Thailand. They are believed to have paid 11 million baht ($329,000 at current rates) to a Thai port official in February 2015 for allowing them to unload plant equipment which did not meet the conditions to do so.

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