The seven trials for Japanese IR legislation

Japan has seen numerous twists and turns in its bid to establish an integrated resort industry, though perhaps one of the most unwelcome was the arrest of a deputy minister at the centre of a money-for-favours scandal surrounding IR development plans for Okinawa and Hokkaido. A reticent government is putting on its bravest face as the media and opposition legislators are smelling blood and going for the jugular. The first fallout came with the announcement that the planned January release of the IR Basic Policy will be delayed by at least one month.  This may just be the tip of the iceberg with a stormy forecast of further tribulations down the road for the next eighteen months. Seven landmark events in the horizon pose potential trials. Trial 1 (2020 Ordinary Diet session) Right off the starting block of the year’s 6-month Diet sitting, the opposition bench has been peppering questions on how far...

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