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.

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