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Japanese lawmaker admits accepting ¥1 mil from Chinese gambling operator

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There is much I could say about Shimoji and his supporters down here, but I will refrain for now, and just state that there are a HELL of a lot of extremely disappointed and shocked supporters of him down here.

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While it does not excuse his actions, I give him credit for standing up and admitting it, and not lying through his teeth all day about it!

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So... will he go to jail or???

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I give him credit for standing up and admitting it,

He has no choice, it's illegal! Political donation from foreigners is illegal! Remember Maehara? He lost his job and could have got time behind bars.

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Busted. Get out. Finally an anti US conspirator busted in what has been occurring for a long long time in Okinawa and simply Chinese money pouring in to buy off politicians to change government down there. BUSTED...

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"Japanese lawmaker admits accepting ¥1 mil from Chinese gambling operator"

There are big differences between he and his office, donation and bribery.

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There are big differences between he and his office, donation and bribery.

Not here there aren't! He is ultimately the one responsible, and the odds of him NOT knowing that someone made such a large "donation" are zero.

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so is he behind bars now or just a bow is enough?

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He put the blame on someone in his office, the same ploy as "my secretary did it." No guts to admit it. If he received a donation of 100 mil you can be dang sure he was aware because as is customary, he would have gone to the donor to personally thank them. If you received that much wouldn't you? Then he said in his press conference that the donor refused a receipt. Shimoji didn't declare it on his funds and expenditures report. This clown has been running around in his orange jacket for a long time in Okinawa and he knows the rules and procedures, but yet he takes us for fools and he says it was an oversight. Gimme a break already, I know this guy, he can lie to your face, had it done to me at a party once. Something about the color orange you know?

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I wonder if he is relying on a technicality, that the money was donated by a Japanese national.

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10,000 dollars and you could lose your job? not even worth taking the money for the risk

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Sadly, they , the Japanese, will shamelessly bribe various government officials of my country, starting from the Ambassadors all the way up for contracts, opinion- shaping and other purposes, without an iota of shame. Some of them are as immoral as they come !

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Only 10 grand (¥1 million)? I'm sure the actual amount is much larger.

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Shimoji, who belonged to a cross-party group of lawmakers promoting integrated resort projects, said he never tried to persuade any government agency to favor the Chinese company.

Right....so the money was for?

Think it might be time for him to charter a private jet. Or face prosecutors. Never happen he is a politician above the law.

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A million yen? I don't know what disappoints me more - the woeful predictability of Triad gangs bribing J-pols to get their casino scams up and running here, or the pathetically low price you can buy Japanese politicians for.

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Yeah Japanese politicians are cheap to buy aint they, 1 Mill yen gets one, woner how many more been bought up and are there any still available?

So now i guess this guy will go to jail no bail, no seeing his wife, and wait 2 years for trial ............................

Japanese politics is a filthy disgusting cesspool of dirty dealings and so is their justice system.

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Bribery and crime go hand in hand with gambling.

Let the Japanese people decide by referendum if they are happy with casinos!

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I think this is worse than what Ghosn was accused of given the potential effects on society... Casinos in a place that isn't used to them aren't to be taken lightly

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Any repercussions for his actions? Seems like since he bowed and apologized he is in the clear.

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As Yubaru said -

"...I give him credit for standing up and admitting it, and not lying through his teeth all day about it!.."

which is in direct contrast to ex-minister Iwaya and the gang of 4(+) members of the LDP.

Of course those folks have "innocent until proven guilty" on their sides.

I'm supposing the raid on Iwaya's HQ will tell all.

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Yeah Japanese politicians are cheap to buy aint they,

People should realize that even giving out paper fans can get politicians in trouble here!

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A million yen? I don't know what disappoints me more - the woeful predictability of Triad gangs bribing J-pols to get their casino scams up and running here, or the pathetically low price you can buy Japanese politicians for.

I was thinking that as well. But then, maybe he is not really a key person, but one of many politicians who needed to be bribed. In that case, the low price makes sense. How many more millions did they pay out to swing the votes their way?

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Japanese politicians by nature are naive, most were raised during the 80s bubble and have not moved on so ¥1 million yen to them is a great deal. Rest of the world pocket change. It's a good thing buying sway is so cheep most politicians earn more in salery in 3months than the average worker does in a year. Yes these people need an integrated resort complex that charges locals to enter? There will be more to come. If the national media actually try to do their jobs.

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Well, he'll get at WORST a suspended sentence, but I suspect he'll be allowed to keep his seat after a deep, and of course truly sincere bow and apology, and that's all. His family name isn't Ghosn, so he'll be allowed to do as he pleases so long as he "shows remorse".

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Shimoji said, "It is something that I extremely regret."

Cool. Now, bow and be on your way. You're free to go.

We have an international fugitive whose crime was not reporting all of his income to obsess about for the next few months. No time for corrupt elected officials who dishonor the office and betray the public trust.

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Here's a REAL crime! Why hasn't he been arrested, I wonder?!

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Another break in the Wall.

When will it fall down ?

The journalist does not do his job by asking the simplest question possible about consequences of hist act, as if it was standard to get bribed with brown envelopes.

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Man this guy is the bargain basement of J-pols. $100K is the Dollar General of the brown envelope brigade.

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All of you, this was one envelope out of more.

Bow and rebow, it is good to remain fit.

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In days of yore the honorable action was clear

paradoxically present day Japanese have no stomach for that

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