Hopes fade for casinos in Japan by 2020

Aki Tsuruoka Resorts Bill
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[dropcap]J[/dropcap]apan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has declared the country’s hotly-anticipated Integrated Resorts Bill will not be discussed during the current ordinary Diet session, which ends on June 1.

Speaking exclusively to International Casino Review, Akiyoshi Tsuruoka of Gaming Capital Management News said any further delays to the discussion of the new legislation would make the prospect of integrated resorts with casino-style gambling impossible before the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

While Tsuruoka noted that inbound tourism has been identified as a key element in the LDP’s economic growth policy, major news outlets in the country subsequently reported that the government had suspended its special team in the cabinet office that was tasked with assessing the possibility of legalising casinos in Japan.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga denied this report, however, with the official stating: “Integrated resorts are still essential in our country.” Suga has publicly advocated that the government was ready to proceed with the second bill as soon as the first is passed.

According to Tsuruoka, deliberations relating to the first Integrated Resorts Bill are due to resume during the next extraordinary Diet session later this year.

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