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Public prosecutors raided the constituency office of a ruling party lawmaker Thursday over his alleged ties with a Chinese company that is interested in joining a casino project but is also suspected of violating the foreign exchange law.

The 48-year-old lawmaker, Tsukasa Akimoto, is a member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and has been a vocal supporter of the introduction of casino resorts to Japan.

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