Criminal Probe Into Ex-Minister's Aides Uncovers Hokkaido-China IR Link

A senior Japanese lawmaker who formerly headed Japan’s fledgling integrated resort (IR) bureaucracy has been embroiled in a criminal investigation into illegal currency movement linked to a Chinese gaming company.

Ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, a key figure in IR administration through his former role as head of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), has denied illegal activity following raids on two of his former aides.

A special investigation unit of prosecutors in Tokyo is questioning a former policy aide and Akimoto’s former private secretary, who are suspected of bringing in more than ¥1m ($9,130) in cash into Japan on at least one occasion without a customs declaration.

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