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Ex-lawmaker Akimoto gets 4-year jail term over casino graft

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Rats will begin eating each other on a derelict ship when food runs out.

“Three other former ministers and a lawmaker from the ruling LDP have been found guilty in separate bribery & election fraud cases over the past few years.” -

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Interesting how LDP is omitted from the title.

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4 years for bribing a witness is peanuts. Glad to see Japan’s commitment to justice is extremely strong. s/

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Here's to the people here on JT who think that politicians here get off with a slap on the wrists!

Japanese dont take kindly to politicians who abuse campaign funds and get caught!

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Interesting how LDP is omitted from the title.

Not when you consider that he left the LDP, nothing "interesting" about it!

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YubaruToday  07:45 am JST

Here's to the people here on JT who think that politicians here get off with a slap on the wrists! 

Japanese dont take kindly to politicians who abuse campaign funds and get caught!

This is a joke of a sentence given he not only took bribes, but he also tampered with witnesses.

Also, taking a bribe and abusing campaign funds are two different crimes. This guy wasn’t convicted of misusing campaign funds.

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"Three other former ministers and a lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have been found guilty in separate bribery and election fraud cases over the past few years."

Very common! Sad but it's very true, almost nothing gets done these days without paying someone in charge!

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The good old Bribes, never seem to go out of fashion or style!!

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Only 3 million!!! He is cheap!!! LOL

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Yes, @Godan 7:22am, it is interesting that LDP is mentioned 3-4 times in body of the story but not in the headline:

- “Interesting how LDP is omitted from the title.” - “Not when you consider that he left the LDP, nothing "interesting" about it!” -

Again, Basic Etiquette’: “Unruly guests, troublemakers and those caught ‘holding the bag’ are usually ‘asked to leave the party”.

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Perhaps @P.Smith 7:51am the DAILY ‘reading comprehension and spell-check monitor’ overlooked some of the details?

*- [Japanese dont take kindly to politicians who abuse campaign funds and get caught!] “This is a joke of a sentence given he not only took bribes, but he also tampered with witnesses. Also, taking a bribe and abusing campaign funds are two different crimes. This guy wasn’t convicted of misusing campaign funds.” -*

Yes, “Interesting”, indeed. After all, we’re only human and prone to periodic mistakes.

Furthermore, the article doesn’t state what the disposition of the cash and bribes will be.

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@YubaruToday  07:46 am JST

Interesting how LDP is omitted from the title.

Not when you consider that he left the LDP, nothing "interesting" about it!

Well, he actually left the party on the day...he got arrested (2019/12/25).

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%A7%8B%E5%85%83%E5%8F%B8

He had to know through his lawyer that the big boys were coming for him the same day in the morning, hence submitted in the same morning his form indicating he was stepping down from the LDP and got arrested. But as the request was processed after noon, he is now considered one of the few elected personal to be arrested while in office. It's of course all in semantics as one can only assume that in these cases, all involved officials will be pushed to "leave" the party before the proverbial sh.t hits the fan...

Interestingly enough, his home was searched by the police for alleged violation of electoral laws already back in 2004 and was involved in a fund-raising issue on where the other party got arrested.

Yup, definitely nothing to see here...

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Akimoto, who has since left the ruling party, was also found guilty of offering bribes to his former advisors to make false testimony in court to cover up his wrongdoing.

I feel like that's the part that really got him in hot water, taking bribes is pretty much par for the profession here, but no court is going to appreciate tampering like this. Probably could have got off way lighter if he didn't have that added in.

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taking 7.6 million yen in bribes from a Chinese gambling operator

Now it makes sense.

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Rats will begin eating each other on a derelict ship when food runs out.

LDP rats love trashtalking China and dehumanizing the Chinese. Meanwhile, they love Chinese money a lot. Hypocrisy!

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Japanese dont take kindly to politicians who abuse campaign funds and get caught!

So are we going to pretend like Japanese politicians giving and taking bribes isn't the norm? As if. It's happening all the time.

These punishments do nothing. The ones giving them are also guilty of the same crime. It's stupid that people think this cleans up the government.

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He'll have plenty of time to practice gambling.

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Wow. Really? An unsuspended sentence? Did they get the wrong judges assigned to the case?

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