The Tokyo District Court has sentenced Japan's lawmaker Akimoto Tsukasa to four years in prison for receiving bribes. The case is in connection with a controversial government-led project to build so-called integrated resorts -- which include casinos.
Former ruling Liberal Democratic Party member Akimoto was indicted for receiving about 70,000 dollars from a Chinese firm seeking to enter the business.
The judge said Akimoto, a state minister at the time, was blatantly entertained by a private firm.
The court also pointed out that he asked company officials to give false testimonies in return for cash. Prosecutors were pushing for a five-year prison term.
Akimoto pleaded not guilty. His defense team has appealed.