Japan: Nippon Ishin lawmaker Mikio Shimoji admits taking money in casino scandal

Tuesday 7th January 2020

Diet member Mikio Shimoji admitted Monday that his office received ¥1 million in campaign contributions for the 2017 election from a Chinese gambling operator linked to the casino bribery scandal.

Speaking at a news conference in Naha, Shimoji said he will consider whether to resign from his political party, Nippon Ishin no Kai.

The scandal came to light after Tsukasa Akimoto, 48, a Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker who had argued for the introduction of casino resorts, was arrested in December on suspicion of receiving ¥3.7 million in bribes from Chinese company 500.com Ltd. in 2017.

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