Japan casino bill takes step forward with ruling party panel approval

A panel of lawmakers from Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party has approved a bill legalizing casinos in the country, paving the way for the legislation to be possibly put before parliament before the current session ends on Dec. 6th.

“We are now able to move forward,” said Ryosei Akazawa, head of the party’s transport panel, who said he had now been placed in charge of shepherding the legislation through the approval process. The next step will be to take the bill to the party’s policy panel for official backing. It remains unclear whether the bill has the support of all parties in the coalition.