A family trip to Hokkaido made in 2018 by ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, who was arrested Wednesday over bribery allegations, was apparently prompted by a request from a Sapporo tourism company that planned to launch a project to build a casino resort there, it was learned Friday.
The charges against Akimoto, 48, a member of the House of Representatives who was formerly the state minister responsible for so-called integrated resorts at the Cabinet Office, include allegations he received about ¥700,000 in bribes from Chinese company 500.com in the form of travel expenses.
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