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Two defendants receive prison sentences in Japan casino bribery case

Two of the defendants in the 500 com casino bribery case, Akihito Awaji and Fumihito Sato, have received prison sentences after admitting to guilt in attempting to bribe witnesses on behalf of former Senior Vice-Minister of the Cabinet Office Tsukasa Akimoto.

Former 500 com vice-president only “interpreter” in bribery scheme

Zheng Xi, who says he was acting under the title of 500 com vice-president, admitted guilt in the bribery case to the Tokyo District Court, but sought a lighter sentence on the claim that he was not one of the authors of the scheme to bribe Japanese politicians, but simply acted as an interpreter.

Tokyo prosecutors seek 14-month sentences for witness tampering pair

Tokyo prosecutors have asked the court to sentence two men involved in witness tampering in relation to the 500 .com bribery scandal to 14 months in prison. These men have confessed to assisting former Senior Vice-Minister of the Cabinet Office Tsukasa Akimoto in bribing witnesses to recant their damaging testimony against the politician.

Abe government expected to delay national IR development schedule

Several major domestic media outlets reported Monday evening that the national IR development schedule will be delayed for an undetermined period of time in...

Prosecutors raid Chinese firm in possible connection with IR bid

The special investigation unit of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office raided the Tokyo offices of a Shenzhen-based lottery operator, as well as the homes of former policy aides of a senior ruling politician who had been in charge of IR policy, apparently in connection with the illegal import into Japan of a large sum of money.

VIC gaming minister orders review into Crown allegations

A new review into Crown Resorts’ business practices will be wrapped up by the Victorian gambling regulator within the next few weeks, local media...

10 officials to be shamed in PCSO probe

No more than 10 officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will be “named and shamed” following President Duterte’s investigation into corruption within...

ALH Group to face punishment for free-drink inducements

Woolworths-owned pubs operator ALH Group is facing disciplinary action after investigations found that several of its venues had been found encouraging patrons to gamble...

Wynn fined $35.5 million by Massachusetts gaming regulator

Wynn Resorts has been fined $35 million for not disclosing sexual misconduct allegations against founder and former CEO Steve Wynn by Massachusetts gaming regulators...

Wynn Resorts agrees on settlement with Nevada regulators

U.S. casino operator Wynn Resorts will be paying a settlement with the Nevada Gaming Control Board after an investigation found that former executives failed...
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