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Two retired Navy officials plead guilty in ‘Fat Leonard’ bribery prosecution

Two retired Navy officials admitted Tuesday to corrupt conduct in the “Fat Leonard” bribery scandal, adding to the nearly two-dozen guilty pleas already entered in the long-running San Diego-based prosecution. Retired Capt. David Williams Haas and retired Chief Petty Officer Brooks Alonzo Parks were indicted separately on the same day… Read More

Japanese Gangs Vie for Power Amid Pandemic

By Alessia Cerantola, OCCRP, 22 April 2020 OCCRP — Japan’s government has been criticized for its slow and inadequate response to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Japanese organized crime, meanwhile, has moved to take advantage of the crisis. The pandemic has become a new battlefield for the country’s criminal gangs,… Read More

Japan businessman paid $8.2 million by Tokyo Olympics bid lobbied figure at center of French corruption probe

A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympics, which was postponed last week due to the coronavirus, said he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes… Read More
25th March 2020
Important legal framework and static underpinnings to fraud, asset tracing and recovery schemes Japanese civil law permits the filing of an action for damages caused by fraud or tort, and provides a mechanism to enforce compulsory execution against the property of the wrongdoer based on a successful… Read More
26th February 2020
European regulators have identified vulnerabilities in the anti-money laundering and terrorism financing measures at Melco Resorts’ casino in Cyprus, an inquiry into Crown has heard. The Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering body, Moneyval, said in December 2019 that it had discovered “weaknesses” in compliance at the single casino on the… Read More
10th January 2020
In December 2016, the Japanese Diet passed the integrated resorts promotion law, the first in a two-step legislative process to legalize casinos in Japan. Japan passed the promotion law shortly after the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) – the party of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — won enough seats in… Read More
3rd January 2020
An adviser to a Chinese gambling operator under investigation for allegedly bribing Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto over a casino resort project has told investigators that the company also gave cash to another five lawmakers, a source familiar with the matter said Thursday. Katsunori Nakazato, the adviser to 500.com Ltd., said… Read More
2nd January 2020
Carlos Ghosn’s escape to Lebanon from Japan followed months of planning by associates aimed at getting the former head of the Renault-Nissan alliance to a country they believed would provide a more friendly legal environment to try the claims of financial wrongdoing against him, according to people familiar with… Read More
30th December 2019
A group of international investors managing trillions of dollars in assets has filed what it says is the first in a series of lawsuits against Danske Bank in connection with the money laundering scandal engulfing Denmark’s largest lender. The writ, which was filed on Friday in the District Court… Read More
30th December 2019
Ongoing political demonstrations in Hong Kong are impacting APAC financial markets by accelerating wealth migration trends and increasing financial crime risk. As the risk profile in the region evolves, regulators increasingly expect financial institutions to leverage technology to meet compliance demands. This unexpected upheaval and changing regulatory landscape should serve… Read More
25th December 2019
Tokyo prosecutors arrested a ruling party lawmaker on suspicion of receiving cash from a Chinese company seeking to invest in the casino industry, dealing a blow to unpopular plans to open the country to the gaming industry. Liberal Democratic Party politician Tsukasa Akimoto, who had served as a vice minister… Read More
25th December 2019
The U.S. and its allies called on United Nations members to reveal whether they’re complying with UN-imposed sanctions requiring the repatriation of North Korean workers, part of an effort to squeeze Pyongyang of much-needed foreign currency inflows. As part of a series of resolutions passed in 2017, UN member states… Read More
10th December 2019
JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s blockchain-based payments network is drawing the greatest interest in Japan, a country long blamed for weak measures against money laundering. More than 80 Japanese banks have expressed a willingness to join the Interbank Information Network, said Daizaburo Sanai, an executive director at the U.S. firm. Read More