Japan: Ex-advisers to China firm convicted of bribing Japan lawmaker over casino

Two former advisers to a Chinese gambling operator seeking to enter the country’s nascent casino market were found guilty Monday of bribing a Japanese lawmaker.

The Tokyo District Court sentenced Masahiko Konno, 49, to two years in prison, suspended for three years, and Katsunori Nakazato, 48, to a year and 10 months, also suspended for three years, according to the ruling.

The two men were associated with 500.com Ltd., a Chinese entity that was lobbying for a casino license under the liberalized gambling laws in Japan.

Konno and Nakazato gave Tsukasa Akimoto, a 48-year-old former member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, a total of 7.6 million yen ($72,000) in bribes between 2017 and 2018, including covering travel expenses to China and Hokkaido.

The original full article can be found at mainichi.jp

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