Japan Lawmaker Admits Receiving Cash Payment From 500.com, Denies Wrongdoing

One of five Japanese lawmakers alleged to have received cash payments from Chinese would-be integrated resort (IR) investor 500.com has admitted he received the money, potentially fuelling prosecution efforts over bribery and/or political donations by foreign persons.

Mikio Shimoji, a veteran lawmaker representing Okinawa for the Osaka-based Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), told a press conference in the Okinawan capital Naha on Monday that his office received ¥1m ($9,200) in cash on October 15, 2017, from Masahiko Konno, a 500.com consultant at the time.

Shimoji bowed and apologised to the packed room of journalists for receiving the cash.

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