Japan casino bill may be delayed, lawmakers say

    A bill to legalize casinos in Japan may not be passed in the current session of parliament, casting doubt on the ability of operators to open their resort projects in time to capitalize on the 2020 Olympic Games. Lawmaker Takeshi Iwaya, a key proponent of the bill, told the Japanese Gaming Conference, that he was still aiming to start a debate on the bill this month, but said there were obstacles. However, executives from the world’s biggest gaming companies are in Tokyo this week and still pushing for early passage of the bill. “Time is of the essence,” MGM Resorts CEO James Murren told Bloomberg in an interview. “There seems to be a very strong political will to move this forward and who knows what that environment will be a year or two from now.” Murren also said Japan has the potential to be even bigger than Macau for MGM, the report said.