Japan: Japan lawmaker in casino scandal to be indicted on bribery charge

Wednesday 4th March 2020

A Japanese lawmaker who spearheaded the country's casino resort policy is expected to be indicted Tuesday on a bribery charge and served with a fresh arrest warrant for allegedly receiving more money from a Chinese gambling operator, investigative sources said.

Tsukasa Akimoto, a former member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, was arrested late last year on suspicion of receiving 3 million yen ($27,300) in cash in 2017 and a gift trip worth about 700,000 yen in 2018 from the Chinese company 500.com Ltd.

Akimoto, a House of Representatives member who resigned from the ruling party following his arrest on Dec. 25, has denied any wrongdoing.

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