Lawmaker handed 4-year jail term in bribery case

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.