Fallen Japan executive gets jail in casino scandal
News On Japan via AFP -- Oct 10
The disgraced ex-chief of Japan's Daio Paper was sentenced to four years in jail on Wednesday after losing millions in company money at casinos in Macau and Singapore.
The Tokyo District court said Mototaka Ikawa, 48, Daio's ex-chairman, abused his position at the company founded by his grandfather by ordering subsidiary firms to supply cash that financed his gambling and growing debts.
Ikawa was accused of stealing at least 5.5 billion yen ($70 million).
"He abused his controlling power over group companies," Judge Masaya Hotta told the court Wednesday, according to Jiji Press news agency.
In a statement entitled "Apology", issued after his arrest in November, Ikawa said his gambling problems began after he initially won a casino jackpot, which followed heavy losses on currency and stock markets.
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(Jiji Press )