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Former Bridgestone executive to plead guilty to price fixing: U.S. Justice Dept

Pedestrians are reflected in a signboard of Bridgestone Corp. at its headquarters in Tokyo February 19, 2009. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Pedestrians are reflected in a signboard of Bridgestone Corp. at its headquarters in Tokyo February 19, 2009. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former sales manager for Bridgestone Corp <5108.T> has agreed to plead guilty and serve 18 months in prison for participating in a conspiracy to fix the prices of rubber anti-vibration devices used in automotive suspension systems and engine mounts, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.

Yusuke Shimasaki, a former Bridgestone sales manager, agreed to plead guilty to one felony count of fixing the prices of products sold to Toyota Motor Corp. <7203.T>, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. <7201.T> and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. <7270.T>, which makes Subaru cars, the department said.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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