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Endgame toward the legalization of casino gambling

On Thursday afternoon the Japanese Diet took the penultimate step toward the legalization of casino gambling as the IR Implementation Bill was approved by...

Opposition prepares no confidence motion against Abe cabinet

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?”

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...

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.

IR Implementation Bill passes the House of Representatives

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.

Opposition makes last ditch appeal against IR bill

Five House of Representatives lawmakers from five separate opposition parties held a press conference within the Diet Building on June 12 in a last ditch attempt to prevent the passage of the IR Implementation Bill through the Lower House.

IR Implementation Bill headed for early July enactment

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.

Ruling party finally makes IR bill push

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has finally put passage of the IR Implementation Bill near the very top of its legislative agenda, as evident in comments made Saturday by Hiroshi Moriyama, the ruling party’s Diet affairs policy chairman.

Abe scandal flares up again as IR debate commences

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.
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Ownership structure may influence Japan bid outcome

The level of foreign ownership allowed by the Japanese government in the country’s IRs may play a significant role in determining who gets the coveted licenses, experts told a panel session at G2E Asia.

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