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A ruling party lawmaker who has been a proponent of casino resorts in Japan was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of receiving ¥3.7 million in bribes from a Chinese gambling operator.

The arrest of Tsukasa Akimoto, a 48-year-old member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party who sits in the House of Representatives, has cast a cloud over the government’s policy to promote casinos to buoy the economy, with opposition forces set to present a bill to the Diet next year that would ban casino operations.

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