Last week officials of the Osaka prefectural and city governments held their first lecture event with the objective of winning the support—or at least the understanding—of a local women’s group called the Tsubomisaku Project.
Public opinion polls in Japan have consistently shown that Japanese women tend to oppose the establishment of casinos in Japan at a higher rate than Japanese men. The Osaka government therefore decided to expand its outreach specifically to a women’s group.
The concerns highlighted by members of the women’s group went beyond the usual issue of gambling addiction. They also demanded that Yumeshima be properly fortified against a large tsunami in case a large earthquake strikes off the coast, and stated that disaster preparation and medical services were necessary.
The women also pointed out that access to Yumeshima is at present rather inconvenient.