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Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, who was indicted on charges of taking bribes from a Chinese company interested in entering Japan’s nascent casino market, was released Wednesday after paying ¥30 million in bail.

Tsukasa Akimoto, 48, has been indicted for allegedly receiving a total of ¥7.6 million from the Chinese firm, 500.com, in 2017 and 2018. The House of Representatives member, who has spearheaded Japan’s move to legalize casino resorts, has denied the allegations.

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