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Osaka government attempts to win IR support from women’s group

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...

Tokyo to commission new IR research

The Bureau of Port and Harbor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has announced a public tender for an advisory firm to research the economic and social impacts of building an IR in Japan’s capital city.

IR bid at issue in Okinawa gubernatorial election

The question of whether or not Okinawa Prefecture will be making a bid for an IR license will likely be resolved in the September 30 gubernatorial elections, as the two candidates are taking the expected opposite policy positions.

Governor Onaga’s death shakes up Okinawa prospects

The sudden death of Governor Takeshi Onaga on Wednesday has thrown Okinawa politics into turmoil, with potential implications for the IR industry.
Hokkaido IR

Hokkaido Experts’ Committee to select candidate site before year end

The Experts Committee established by Hokkaido Governor Harumi Takahashi to help give a IR bid political momentum vis-a-vis a skeptical prefectural assembly, held its first meeting on July 31. It declared that the candidate site would be settled by the end of the year.

IR Bill debate resumes as opposition seethes

Over the fierce protests of opposition lawmakers, deliberations on the IR Implementation Bill kicked off on Tuesday within the Cabinet Committee of the House...

Communist Party takes aim at pachinko payouts

Japan Communist Party lawmaker Tomoko Tamura hammered the government on the issue of pachinko payouts during a debate leading up to the passage of the Basic Bill on Gambling Addiction Countermeasures.

Political challenges loom after passage of IR Implementation Act

The Japanese government is on the brink of passing the IR Implementation Act, though the bill remains deeply unpopular with the majority of the population and sooner or later this will have practical consequences for the industry.

Lawyers’ association says lifting casino ban threatens Japan’s legal order

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations has renewed its opposition to lifting the ban on casino gambling, describing the legislation as something that might threaten the underpinnings of the nation’s legal order.

Diet session extended until July 22

Anticipating a tough fight ahead with the opposition parties over the IR Implementation Bill, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party opted for a 32-day extension of the Ordinary Diet Session to July 22.

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