Three corporate executives were arrested Aug. 4 for allegedly offering cash to those who were charged for bribing a lawmaker to help build a casino resort in return for providing false testimony.
House of Representatives lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, 48, was indicted for accepting bribes in a graft scandal over the construction project for an integrated resort (IR) that would include a casino. The three executives who were arrested by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office’s special investigative team on suspicion of violating the Act on Punishment of Organized Crimes and Control of Crime Proceeds were Fumihiko Sato, 50, Akihito Awaji, 54 and Kazuhiro Miyatake, 49.
It is extremely rare for a request to commit perjury made to those involved in a case that is also tied to a politician to be brought to light. Sato has told people close to him that he was asked by Akimoto’s supporters’ association to make the request, and the special investigative team is proceeding cautiously with its probe into the background and Akimoto’s involvement in the suspected crime. Akimoto himself told the Mainichi Shimbun that he was not involved.
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