Most networks gave top coverage to reports that LDP lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of receiving 3.7 million yen ($33,800) in bribes from a Chinese company interested in starting a casino in Japan. Akimoto is reportedly denying the charges. NTV led with a report on an incident in Kyoto in June in which a toddler suffered a burn on his face after his nursery school teacher tried to erase pen marks on his cheek with an abrasive sponge.
All national dailies except Nikkei gave top coverage to Akimoto’s arrest. Although the GOJ reportedly does not intend to change its plan to allow the launch of casino businesses in the 2020s, the papers projected that the bribery scandal is bound to embolden gambling opponents in the Diet and at possible casino sites.