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.
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.
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.
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.
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.