Hokkaido’s Kamori faces imprisonment in 500 .com bribery case

Prosecutors have asked that Kimihito Kamori, the former chairman of Kamori Kanko, serve ten months in prison for his role in the 500 .com bribery case.

Kamori had been seeking to win an IR bid for his resort in Rusutsu village, Hokkaido, which was in competition with the more powerful Tomakomai bid within the northern prefecture, and he admittedly participated in efforts to bribe lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto.

“I enthusiastically made an appeal to attract an IR to Rusutsu village, Hokkaido, and was actively involved in the crime. It was a vicious crime that significantly damaged confidence in IR policy,” Kamori admitted in a statement to the court.

The defense team is asking that Kamori be spared prison and subjected to fine instead.

Kamori’s conviction is exercising a major impact in Hokkaido in particular, where he was a major figure in the tourism business community. It lengthens the odds even further that Hokkaido might revive its IR bid.