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Gov’t continue to promote IR: Suga

  • January 7, 2020
  • , Mainichi , p. 31
  • JMH Translation

By Shinichi Akiyama


In a BS Fuji TV program broadcast on the evening of Jan. 6, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga reiterated the government’s commitment to promote the construction of integrated casino resort facilities despite the revelations of bribery scandals involving lawmakers. “IRs are needed to make Japan an attractive tourism destination and the bribery incident has no correlation with the promotion of IR projects,” he said.


Suga noted that the arrest of Lower House member Tsukasa Akimoto (who quit the Liberal Democratic Party) is “truly regrettable.” He pointed out that “this issue and IRs are different in nature and the question remains whether the Chinese firm, which allegedly offered bribes, truly intends to enter the Japanese casino market as it was never in the IR business in the first place.”


On the decision made by Japan Innovation Party (Nippon Ishin) head Ichiro Matsui to demand Lower House member Mikio Shimoji, former minister of postal services, resign for taking cash from the Chinese firm, Suga noted, “That is Ishin’s decision.” With regards to LDP members to whom the Chinese firm said it had delivered “cash,” he commented that “all of them are denying (receiving cash) and I will refrain from commenting as the case is under investigation.”

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