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Japanese lawmakers support casino legalization

George Miller

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A new survey reassured the notion that the majority of the House of Representatives support the legalisation of casino gambling.

 

A new survey carried away by Mainichi Shinbun revealed that a majority of lawmakers of the House of Representatives support the legalisation of casino gambling in Japan. A 57 percent of the total of elected lawmakers support casinos.

Mainichi Shinbun, one of the biggest news outlets in Japan, unveiled in its report that 261 of the elected lawmakers in the October 22 general election are in favor of the legalisation of casinos in Japan, which represents a 57 percent of the total of representatives. The report showed that there’s a difference of 109 representatives between those who support gambling and those who don’t.

Last week, it was reported that according to analysts from Global Market Advisors (GMA) another bill might get approved before the end of this year: the Responsible Gaming Bill. The piece of legislation is a key part to get the Integrated Resort Implementation Bill to be discussed as the debate will begin once this project gets passed. And as the bill’s passing depends on how long the extraordinary session is, experts from GMA said: “If it is extended through December as has been discussed by some experts, it may allow for debate to begin on some of the key aforementioned issues, including integrated resorts.

Analysts assure that in case it doesn’t get passed this year, the bill is likely to be pushed until next spring. That scenario might also be likely since the legislature has a busy schedule and political tensions with North Korea are potential delay factors. On the IR Implementation Bill, GMA warned about concerns regarding the document and explained: “The law should offer the guiding principles and framework from which the regulatory board can implement and oversee the Integrated Resorts.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Almost Two-Thirds of Japanese Oppose Plans for Integrated Resorts

Niji Narayan

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Japanese citizens continue to oppose the plans for integrated resorts. According to a recent poll, 57.9% of the respondents disagree with the plan and 26.6% agree with it. Among the supporters, 62.8% said they would back the establishment of a casino resort in their area and 29.0% said they would not.

Japan’s public opinion may play a key role in whether some prefectures decide to press ahead with plans to host an IR. Yokohama recently announced it was planning to enter the race and swiftly became the firm favourite amongst major IR operators. However, public opinion against IRs is particularly strong there and may ultimately sway political opinion.

The continued opposition comes despite a concerted effort by operators to win hearts and minds in Japan, sponsoring local festivals and sports events and promoting non-gaming and other elements of IRs.

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Japan to Launch Casino Commission in January 2020

Niji Narayan

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Japan to Launch Casino Commission in January 2020
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The Government of Japan is planning to launch the country’s casino management commission on January 7, 2020. The casino management commission will have five members. Their appointments require a confirmation from the country’s parliament and they will serve five-year terms.

The casino management commission is to be in charge of security matters, probity and background checks. The body will oversee integrated resort (IR) operators in that country, as well as devise measures to counter gambling addiction.

Japan is to allow a maximum of three resorts in the first phase of market liberalisation. The national government has yet to announce the full version of its so-called basic policy on IRs. Several prefectural governments and ordinance-designated cities in Japan have already shown interest in hosting an IR.

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Aruze Gaming Installs Super Big Wheel at City of Dreams

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Aruze Gaming has installed its Super Big Wheel at City of Dreams. The installation forms part of a new ETG zone at City of Dreams and is one of two new Aruze products to be deployed on the main gaming floor, alongside Lucky Roulette.

Super Big Wheel is an X station platform with dual LCD screens. Players can select any of the six coloured areas on the area bet screen to bet on the side game, which also offers a chance at winning a jackpot.

Lucky Roulette is an immersive new roulette game that features an automated roulette wheel with evocative dynamic projection imaging. The three-dimensional visual experience combines the appeal of a traditional roulette.

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