Lawmaker casts doubt on casino bill submission in current session

Lawmaker Natsuo Yamaguchi, the leader of Japan’s New Komeito party, told Bloomberg in an interview that a bill to legalize casinos may not be put forward in the current session of parliament because of differences among allies in the ruling coalition. “I don’t necessarily think we will reach consensus on submitting the bill to the current session and moving forward with it in the limited time we have,” he said. A cross-party group of lawmakers had said it was preparing to submit the casino legalization bill to parliament in the current session, ending on Dec. 6.