Japan Ruling Party Lawmaker’s Office Raided Over Casino Scandal

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TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese prosecutors on Thursday raided two Tokyo offices of a ruling party lawmaker over his alleged ties to a Chinese casino and sports gambling operator that is suspected of violating the foreign currency exchange law.

The 48-year-old lawmaker, Tsukasa Akimoto, is a member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and has been a vocal supporter of the introduction of casino resorts to Japan.

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