New Bill To Legalize Gambling in Japan To Be Introduced

Flag of JapanA number of legislators in Japan are trying to introduce a bill by cutting across party lines that will allow for the development of integrated casino resorts in the nation. The legislators are optimistic of getting the bill passed in Japanese Parliament Diet’s current session.

Gambling in any form is considered offence in Japan. However, with the introduction of this new bill, all the provisions in Penal Code will remove gambling as an offence in the nation.

The move towards the introduction of the bill developed after the appointment of Toshihiro Nikai. He is the new secretary general of Liberal Democratic Party and supports the development of integrated resorts.

Shinzo Abe who is the Prime Minister of Japan supports the development of the integrated casino resorts. He believes that it will help in the growth of economic strategy in the nation. The Government of Japan earlier wanted to introduce casino resorts for the Olympic and Paralympics Games that are going to be held in Tokyo in 2020. But there are no legislative in progress in this particular context.

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It is important that the bill to get cleared in this current session of the Parliament. Otherwise, the process will get delayed and it will require a separate legislative charter to process the bill.

Koichi Hagiuda who is a Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary believes that the integrated casino resort will be extremely beneficial for the nation. He further points out the stiff competition among nations who want to attract top casino resorts are willing to invest in billions of dollars.

Koichi Hagiuda has made the following statement:

Bidding war to host international exhibitions and international conferences is going on between various countries. Integrated resorts are an extremely effective tool when soliciting private investment for making exhibition sites and other such facilities.

Earlier the bills to legalise casinos were introduced in the Parliament of Japan. One such bill was presented in the year 2013 but was rejected because the House was dissolved. Another bill was introduced in the month of April 2015 but there was no significant development because gambling was considered to be a social ill in the society of Japan.

The development of the casino industry looks optimistic after the appointment of Toshihiro Nikai from Liberal Democratic Party. The earlier secretary general Sadakazu Tanigaki did not support the growth of integrated casinos and detested gambling. Nikai is willing to discuss the proposal of legalising casinos in Japan and believes that by building integrated resorts, it will help in the growth of the nation. In order to move further in this regard, proper discussion and support of the public are sought.

The bill to legalise casino can only be passed in the Houses of Parliament when Komeito supports the bill. It is the coalition partner of Liberal Democratic Party. Yoshihisa Inoue is the new Secretary General of Komeito party and he does not support legalising casino industry in Japan.

Many lawmakers especially those belonging to Kansai and Kyushu regions are in affirmative with the bill and want to push forward the proposal in Parliament. The local government in the aforementioned regions supports the development of integrated casinos. The legislators in Japan want to properly discuss this bill with factual data before moving forward in this regard.

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