Kamori given 10-month suspended sentence

Kamori Kanko was convicted for covering travel expenses for a Japanese politician.
Kamori Kanko was convicted for covering travel expenses for a Japanese politician.

The former chairman was convicted over his participation in a bribery case involving 500.com and Japan’s IR project.  

Japan.- The former chairman of tourism and hospitality firm Kamori Kanko, Kimihito Kamori, has received a 10-month sentence suspended for two years in relation to an IR bribery case.

The executive was found guilty of conspiracy to supply travel expenses to the House of Representatives member, Tsukasa Akimoto, on a trip to Hokkaido between September 2017 and February 2018.

Kamori Kanko was involved in Chinese gambling platform 500.com’s plans to develop a regional integrated resort (IR) in Hokkaido’s Rusutsu Village. He invited the lawmaker and his family on a ski trip in the location, paying expenses of about ¥760,000 (US$7,250).

The judgment read that Kamori provided the most expensive room and round-trip transportation for Akimoto and his family, and also provided entertainment and “accepted intrusive information regarding IR-related bills from the senior vice minister.”

500.com was subject to a bribery investigation after two Japanese lawmakers visited its offices in Shenzhen and a casino in Macau in 2017, with all expenses paid.

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