Four opposition parties in Japan filed bill to repeal casino law

In Japan, the opposition bloc plans to exploit the casino issue with lawmakers accused of receiving money from a Chinese company interested in IR management to pressure the government and the ruling coalition to pull out of casino resorts. However, the government said it will make all necessary preparations so that the positive effects of IR development become evident as soon as possible. Reported by The Japan Times.
On Monday, January 20, Japan’s main opposition parties in the National Diet introduced a bill to repeal casino resort laws. The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the People’s Democratic Party, the Japanese Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party jointly submitted the bill to the House of Representatives. Charges target lawmakers suspected of receiving money from 500.com, a Chinese company interested in running a casino resort in Japan. The opposition bill seeks to repeal the law on the development of such resorts, which was passed in 2018, and the corresponding law to encourage their development, passed in 2016.
The opposition bloc plans to use the casino problem to put pressure on the government and the ruling coalition during the next session of the Diet. “We presented the bill as a first step to force the government to abandon the introduction of casinos,” head of the parliamentary department Jun Azumi told reporters.
Meanwhile, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference, “We will make all the necessary preparations so that the positive effects of the integrated development of casino resorts become apparent as soon as possible.”

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