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Ex-vice minister in charge of casinos arrested for bribery


Former vice Minister of the Cabinet Office in charge of casinos Akimoto Tsukasa, sitting LDP Lower House member, was arrested on December 25 for bribery over the government's casino project.

The arrest of a key figure inside the pro-casino Abe Cabinet shows a structural problem of corruption associated with casinos.

Opposition parties, including the Japanese Communist Party, immediately held a meeting of Diet affairs committee chairpersons in the Diet building, and agreed to make a thorough probe into the government responsibility.

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