Japan lawmakers upbeat on casino plan chances

Many Japanese lawmakers are optimistic that a bill that would create the framework to legalize casinos in Japan will be passed this year, but agree that a major obstacle may still be the cautious stance of key coalition member the Komeito Party. The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has already announced its support of the concept as a means to stimulate growth in the Japanese economy. The drafting of the bill is said to be at an advanced stage. The lawmakers consulted by AGB varied in their degree of personal enthusiasm about the IR project, but they agreed on the factors that will shape the outcome. All of them, for example, stated that there would be no visible progress until after the completion of the unified local elections on April 26, but thereafter the Abe administration would introduce the bill and seek to pass it in the current ordinary Diet session,...

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