Japan: Lawmaker received ¥1 million in casino bribery scandal

A Japanese ruling party lawmaker has admitted to receiving ¥1 million ($9,300) from a Chinese gambling operator interested in joining Japan’s nascent casino market, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

But prosecutors will not build a case against Takaki Shirasuka on a bribery charge as the 45-year-old, who was a member of a cross-party group of lawmakers promoting casino resort projects, had no authority over the matter, the sources added.

Shirasuka, a member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, visited the headquarters of the Chinese company 500.com Ltd. in Shenzhen and a casino in Macau in 2017, accompanied by then fellow LDP lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, 48, who was indicted on bribery charges.

The original full article can be found at japantimes.co.jp

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