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Indicted Lawmaker Connected Resort Operator to Govt Section

Indicted Lawmaker Connected Resort Operator to Govt Section

   Tokyo, Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)--Lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, charged with bribery, had referred a resort operator in northern Japan to an airport-related section of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, informed sources said Wednesday.
   The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's special investigation squad is believed to be looking at this conduct by Akimoto, 48, as a possible illegal favor for the company, Kamori Kanko Co., according to the sources.
   Akimoto is believed to be claiming that his conduct in question does not amount to an illegal favor.
   The firm's chairman, Kimihito Kamori, 76, was indicted without arrest on Tuesday for allegedly offering bribes to the House of Representatives lawmaker.
   Kamori Kanko, based in Sapporo, capital of Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, was aiming to open a casino-featuring integrated resort, or IR, in the Hokkaido village of Rusutsu, as the Japanese government plans to introduce such facilities at up to three locations in the country.

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