Japanese Lawmaker Granted Bail Following Bribery Arrest

Japanese Lawmaker Granted Bail Following Bribery Arrest

Japan – It has been announced today that Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, who was arrested at the end of last year has been granted bail by the Tokyo District Court.

Tsukasa Akimoto was arrested in December 2019 for allegedly receiving an estimated quarter of a million Euro in bribery cash and expenses from a well known Chinese organisation who are interested in developing a casino resort in Japan.

The bail was set around two-hundred and fifty thousand Euro and was paid the same day.

However, the decision was appealed against by public prosecutors and Akimoto will not be bailed until the appeal is processed.

Under the bail terms, it is reported that Tsukasa Akimoto, a former Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party will be allowed to continue his duties as a member of the House of Councillors in the Diet providing he does not breach the bail terms.

Bail terms state that under no circumstances can Tsukasa Akimoto contact politicians Takaki Shirasuka or Shigeaki Katsunuma, who are allegedly linked to the same bribery scandal.

Since Tsukasa Akimoto was arrested, he has denied the allegations.

The firm involved in the bribery scandal is Chinese sports and lottery provider based in Shenzhen, Guangdong. It was established in 2001 and is the main lottery service provider in China, authorised by the Ministry of Finance.

The ongoing bribery scandal dates back to three years ago whereby the lottery firm allegedly provided Akimoto with thousands of Yen from advisors Masahiko Konno and Katsunori Nakazato, and former executive Zheng Xi, who have all admitted to bribing Tsukasa Akimoto.

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