Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, indicted for casino bribery, released on bail The Japan Times · February 13, 2020 at 6:52 pm Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, who was indicted on charges of taking bribes from a Chinese company interested in entering Japan’s nascent casino market, was released Wednesday after paying ¥30 million in bail. Tsukasa Akimoto, 48, has been indicted for allegedly receiving a total of ¥7.6 million from the Chinese firm, 500.com, in 2017 and 2018. The House of Representatives member, who has spearheaded Japan’s move to legalize casino resorts, has denied the allegations. His release followed the Tokyo District Court’s denial of an appeal made by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office against the court’s decision to grant him bail. The defense team for Akimoto, who was arrested on Dec. 25, had requested bail on Feb. 3.