Despite the smouldering political scandal over the bribery of ruling party politicians, the Casino Regulatory Commission was established on Tuesday as scheduled.
Government and ruling party spokesmen are so far taking the position that the casino bribery scandal is essentially irrelevant to the nation’s overall IR policies. It’s a position that opposition lawmakers describe as illogical and appalling.
“In order to realize the positive effects as soon as possible, we are advancing our IR preparations,” stated Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, signaling that the Abe government’s plan was, as usual, to simply bulldoze over the ineffective opposition critics.
The Casino Regulatory Commission is an independent agency under the auspices of the Cabinet Office having two divisions, one focused on supervision of IR operators and the other dedicated to public policy on gambling addiction. The total staff is about one hundred people.