Japan: Travel agency ex-chief guilty in Hokkaido casino bribery trial

A court sentenced a former travel agency chief Friday to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, for bribing lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto over a casino resort project in Hokkaido.

The sentence against Kimihito Kamori, 77-year-old former chairman of Kamori Kanko Co., based in Sapporo, was the first delivered in the high-profile corruption scandal involving the 48-year-old House of Representatives member.

Kamori was found guilty of conspiring with two former advisers to Chinese company 500.com Ltd. to bribe Akimoto in the hope of securing favorable treatment for their plan to open a casino resort in the village of Rusutsu, Hokkaido.

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



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