Politicians optimistic on IR bill, but divided on details

Japan’s ruling coalition says it will push for both the implementation bill to govern the casino industry and legislation to address problem gambling to be passed before the end of the current Diet session on June 20th, even though pro-IR parties still have widely different stances. At the opening panel of the Japan Gaming Congress in Tokyo, leading politicians from several Japan’s political parties set out some of the themes still being discussed and the progress made to date on the necessary bills to allow for the introduction of IRs. The requested amendments and differing political priorities have led to concern that the legislation may once again miss the deadline for passage, pushing back further the likely date for the first round of IR openings. Kiyohiko Toyama, a member of the House of Representatives and head of the IR team for the Komeito Party, said both the ruling coalition and opposition parties...

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