AGA receives Shinzo Abe in Washington

The American Gaming Association welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and members of the Diet to Washington as part of the AGA’s bid to play a leading role in informing Japanese lawmakers on the potential of opening up its casino industry.

The AGA hosted a briefing for the Diet members on the weekend, and plans to hold a roundtable discussion with reporters on May 18. The events follow an early April briefing of Japanese reporters in New York City. 

“AGA is serving as a critical resource for Japanese influencers and decision makers on the positive role that casino gaming has played in the United States and other global markets,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. 

“Casino gaming is a proven mechanism for attracting tourists, strengthening local economies and strengthening communities. We welcome Prime Minister Abe and members of the Diet to Washington this week and look forward to sharing gaming’s compelling story.”

The AGA has emphasized three key areas of interest to the Japanese and other developing markets: the economic benefits of casinos, anti-money laundering efforts and the industry’s commitment to responsible gaming.

According to Oxford Economics, gaming in the U.S. is a $240 billion industry that supports 1.7 million jobs and generates $38 billion in taxes.


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