Lawyers’ association says lifting casino ban threatens Japan’s legal order

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations has renewed its opposition to lifting the ban on casino gambling, describing the legislation as something that might threaten the underpinnings of the nation’s legal order.

A statement issued by Chairman Yutaro Kikuchi read, in part, “Lifting the ban on casinos loses sight of why gambling is a punishable criminal offense under the law, and it significantly impairs the integrity of the entire legal order.”

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations statement also cited the potential problems of gambling addiction, the involvement of organized crime, money laundering, and the fact that most of the Japanese public opposes the legislation.

While the stance of this group is unlikely to deter the conservative government from passing the IR Implementation Bill into law, it may prove to be significant in later stages of the IR construction projects