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A Tokyo entertainment firm linked to Lower House lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, who was arrested last month for allegedly taking bribes from a Chinese gambling company, is suspected of dubious use of funds, it was learned Friday.

The entertainment firm, established by a former policy secretary to Akimoto, 48, in July 2011, collected money mainly as corporate consulting fees but might have used part of it to pay the salaries of the secretary, informed sources said. Akimoto, a member of the House of Representatives, used to be an adviser to the firm.

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