Thursday, October 29, 2020

Japan

Wakayama Kencho

Japan’s local governments need global view

The reactions of the various local governments to the nine-month delay in the national IR development timeline was instructive.

Tokyo court rejects lawmaker Akimoto’s bail request

The Tokyo District Court has rejected former Senior Vice-Minister of the Cabinet Office Tsukasa Akimoto’s request to be granted bail. Akimoto is facing charges of witness tampering after his previous release from detention.
Tsukasa Akimoto

Tsukasa Akimoto

Tsukasa Akimoto is a member of the Japanese House of Representatives. 

Magazine hints senior ruling party executive aims to profit from Wakayama IR

Shukan Bunshun, one of Japan’s weekly magazines that focuses on scoops and scandals, suggests in a recent article that Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai may intend to personally profit from a land acquisition near the proposed site for the Wakayama IR.

Okinawa politician seeks to join ruling party after taking 500 Dot Com bribe

Mikio Shimoji, forced to leave the Japan Innovation Party (Osaka Ishin) after admitting to receiving a bribe from then-IR hopeful 500 Dot Com, has been attempting, so far unsuccessfully, to join the ruling LDP, which has not punished any of its lawmakers for taking the bribes.
Mikio-Shimoji

Mikio Shimoji

Mikio Shimoji is a Japanese politician, first elected in 1996 as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party. 
Osaka

Industry Voices: Give Japan a sporting chance

Japan’s lawmakers should use the enforced time-out of the coronavirus pandemic to abandon the flawed process and go back to the drawing board to start anew, this time heeding the public recrimination and industry critique as tenets for an IR policy makeover. 

Yokohama reveals that seven firms submitted IR concepts

The Yokohama municipal government revealed on Tuesday that a total of seven firms submitted plans to its earlier RFC process. The seven were Galaxy, Genting, Las Vegas Sands, Melco, Sega Sammy, Shotoku, and Wynn.

Lawmaker Akimoto makes first bail request

Former Senior Vice-Minister of the Cabinet Office Tsukasa Akimoto has made his first request to the Tokyo court for bail after he was rearrested on witness tampering charges in connection with the 500 .com bribery case.

Two former 500. com advisers found guilty

Two former advisers to a Chinese gambling operator seeking to enter Japan’s nascent casino market were found guilty Monday of bribing a Japanese lawmaker.

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