Nippon Ishin lawmaker Mikio Shimoji admits taking money in casino scandal | The Japan Times
Monday 6th January 2020
NAHA, OKINAWA PREF. - Lawmaker Mikio Shimoji reversed course and admitted Monday that his office received ¥1 million ($9,250) for 2017 general election campaigning from a Chinese gambling operator linked to a casino bribery scandal.
Speaking at a news conference in the Okinawa prefectural capital of Naha, Shimoji said he would consider whether to resign from Nippon Ishin no Kai.
A Lower House member, Shimoji, 58, is one of five lawmakers who have been questioned by Tokyo prosecutors on a voluntary basis over their alleged receipt of cash from Chinese firm 500.com Ltd.
Shimoji previously told said that he had never received money from the company.