Japan: Lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto claims innocence in casino bribery cases
Monday 17th February 2020
A lawmaker charged with bribery asserted his innocence on Friday, saying he did not take any bribes from a Chinese company interested in Japan's nascent casino market.
"I have never given favors to specific companies," Tsukasa Akimoto told a news conference in Tokyo, adding he wants to return to his duties in the Lower House in March.
Akimoto was indicted for allegedly receiving a total of ¥7.6 million in cash and other gifts from the Chinese firm 500.com in 2017 and 2018 while he was playing a major role in spearheading Japan's move to legalize casino resorts.