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Kimihito Kamori, the former chairman of Kamori Kanko, has been found guilty in the bribery case. The prosecution has requested a 10-month prison term for Kamori.

Kamori had been seeking to win an IR bid for his resort in Rusutsu village, Hokkaido, which was in competition with the more powerful Tomakomai bid within the northern prefecture, and he admittedly participated in efforts to bribe lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto.

“I enthusiastically made an appeal to attract an IR to Rusutsu village, Hokkaido, and was actively involved in the crime. It was a vicious crime that significantly damaged confidence in IR policy,” Kamori admitted in a statement to the court.

The defense team is asking that Kamori be spared prison and subjected to fine instead.

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