Japan: Nippon Ishin Expels Shimoji over Casino Scandal

Thursday 9th January 2020

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party) expelled Mikio Shimoji, one of its lawmakers, from the party on Wednesday over money he received from a Chinese company at the center of a bribery scandal linked to casino-featuring integrated resorts.

On Tuesday, Shimoji, a member of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, submitted a letter of resignation from the party to its leadership.

But Nippon Ishin refused to accept the letter and opted to oust him instead. Shimoji on Monday admitted that he received one million yen in cash from the Chinese company, 500.com, which was planning to run a casino resort in Japan. The party also decided to urge Shimoji to resign as a lawmaker.

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