Five Lawmakers Probed After Japan IR Cash Scandal Snowballs

A probe into alleged illegal cash movements into Japan by a Chinese gaming company has snowballed into a major political scandal, with a key ruling party lawmaker linked to integrated resort (IR) policymaking under arrest and five other lawmakers under investigation.

Detained current and former consultants to China-based online lottery services provider 500.com have admitted to prosecutors that they paid around ¥1m ($9,200) in cash to each of five members of the Diet. The members include four Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmakers and one with the Osaka-based Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), the Asahi Shimbun daily reported on Wednesday.

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