Japanese government signs off on casino bill

prime minister, Shinzo Abe
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The Japanese government endorsed a bill setting out the broad regulatory framework for the establishment of integrated resorts in the country on 27 April.

“We will promote tourism with visitors from all over the world spending days [at the integrated resorts], while taking complete measures to address various concerns including gambling addiction,” said Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, speaking to the media.

News reports suggest that Abe’s government now aims for the The Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill to pass the Diet before the end of the current ordinary session on 20 June.

At the beginning of April, it was reported that the country’s governing coalition – the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito – had reached consensus on 11 outstanding policy issues and had established an initial cap of three casino resorts nationwide.


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