Japan casino commission is ready to go

Japan casino commission is ready to go

The Japan casino commission will have its first session Friday, January 10 after it was set up amid a corruption scandal.

Japan.- Despite the ongoing investigation over lawmakers receiving bribes from a casino operator, regulation continues to move forward. That’s why the government has set up the Japan casino commission, which will assess the IR licencing process.

The commission will have its first session next Friday 10, GGRAsia reports, following its previously set timetable. It will most likely first decide the rules by which the commission will operate and then take on IRs.

Bribes scandal

The casino bribe scandal in Japan seems to be endless and continues to unfold. After many politicians denied getting money from casino operators, Mikio Shimoji took a different direction.

The Japanese lawmaker admitted having taken a bribe from a Chinese gambling operator back in 2017. He reversed his previous denial and said he received €8k and stated he “extremely regrets it.”

Still, he says he never tried to persuade any government agency to favour the Chinese company. Moreover, the Japanese lawmaker assured he’ll give the casino money back.

Denied accusations

Representative Hiroyuki Nakamura said: “I accepted a legitimate political donation and included the money in a political funds report,” as quoted by the Jiji Press news agency.

Takeshi Iwaya, former defence minister, also denied accusations against him: “I absolutely deny it (…) From the perspective of laws regulating political funds as well, it’s impossible that I got donations from a foreign firm.”

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