• Kyodo, Jiji


The Tokyo District Court on Tuesday hit lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto with a four-year prison sentence, without suspension, and fines of about ¥7.6 million, in a bribery case linked to the government's project to build casino resorts in Japan.

Public prosecutors had sought a five-year prison term and ¥7.6 million in fines for Akimoto, 49, who remains a member of the Lower House but has left the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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