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A lawmaker accused of receiving bribes from a Chinese gambling operator that aimed to enter Japan’s nascent casino market pleaded not guilty Monday in the first hearing of his trial at the Tokyo District Court.

Lower House member Tsukasa Akimoto has been indicted for receiving bribes worth ¥7.6 million from the operator 500.com Ltd. between September 2017 and February 2018, including having his travel expenses to China and Hokkaido covered.

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