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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, June 18

TOKYO -- Former Japanese Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday for buying votes with the intention of securing a seat for his wife in an upper house election in 2019.

The 58-year-old former lawmaker, under sentencing at the Tokyo District Court, was also fined 1.3 million yen (11,800 U.S. dollars). (Japan-Ex minister-Sentence)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 29,762,793 on Friday, with 62,480 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, said the health ministry.

Besides, 1,587 COVID-19 patients died during the period, taking the death toll to 383,490. (India-COVID-19)

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SYDNEY -- The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) recorded one new locally acquired case of COVID-19, which will be included in Saturday's figures as the person tested positive late Thursday night.

At the same time, the state's official figure for Friday is two cases who were already announced on Thursday, bringing the total cases of the latest outbreak to 5. (Australia-COVID-19)

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 507 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 150,238.

The daily caseload was down from 540 in the prior day, staying above 500 for three days. The daily average caseload for the past week was 483. (S. Korea-COVID-19)

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