Caesars Entertainment accused of bribery

19 July 2018

Japanese news publication Shukan Bunshun accused casino giant Caesars Entertainment of giving bribes to Japanese politicians through participation in social and political events.

You can attend such a meeting only by purchasing tickets, which, according to Shukan Bunshun, is a kind of bribe. In Caesars responded to the allegations by a statement that such activities are legitimate and acceptable.

Today's politicians often resort to raising funds at public events. A similar method of financing political campaigns is used throughout the world. In accordance with Japanese law, political subsidies from foreign citizens or companies are illegal; nevertheless, the Political Financing Control Law (PFCL) does not apply to the purchase of tickets for public and political events.

"We believe that our consultant, buying tickets for events on financing political campaigns for many years, acted in accordance with the laws of Japan and other jurisdictions," said Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president for public policy and corporate responsibility in Caesars Entertainment.
Yasutoshi Nishimura, deputy chief secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers of Japan, spoke in defense of this type of activity.

Shukan Bunshun's position was also supported by Professor of Kobe Gakuin Private University Hiroshi Kamivaki. He said that although the main idea of PFCL is that political subsidies and the purchase of tickets are essentially the same thing, using subsidies from foreign firms as sources of financing political campaigns is immoral.

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