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On Thursday afternoon the Japanese Diet took the penultimate step toward the legalization of casino gambling as the IR Implementation Bill was approved by...
Yukio Edano, head of the largest opposition force, Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, toured areas of the country ravaged by the recent rainstorms and told reporters, “The opposition had proposed that the government concentrate on the disasters, but instead they gave priority to casinos. Does this not provide sufficient grounds for a vote of no confidence?”
The IR Implementation Bill is now halfway to enactment after being passed through the House of Representatives on the strength of the votes of the two ruling coalition parties, the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, as well as the Osaka-based Japan Innovation Party.
Reports Tuesday revealed that the ruling coalition is planning to extend the Ordinary Diet Session by several weeks in order to assure passage of the IR Implementation Bill as well as a controversial labor policy bill. This takes all drama out of the matter—the IR legislation is now near certain to be enacted in early July.
Diet debate on the Basic Bill on Gambling Addiction Countermeasures began on Wednesday in the lower house’s Cabinet Committee, and the legislation is expected to be passed by a plenary session of House of Representatives by the end of business on Friday, May 25.
The long-awaited parliamentary debate on the IR Implementation Bill began Tuesday in a plenary session of the House of Representatives, but on the very eve of its commencement a revelation regarding one of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s swirling scandals shook the government anew.