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September 26, 2020

Opposition politicians issued a set of demands to the government

Japanese casino debate delayed

(Japan).- Japanese opposition politicians have delayed a long-awaited parliamentary debate on legalised casino gambling by issuing a set of demands to the government, which they say 'should be met' before any discussion can take place. The delay raises the risk of the bill failing to pass parliament this year, which would raise further questions over whether any casinos would open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which is largely seen as a benchmark catalyst for developers.

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osuke Kondo, a Democratic Party lawmaker, said his demands were aimed at ensuring the bill receives sufficient discussion, such as requiring the chief cabinet secretary and other key officials to be made available for debate. "This is a very important piece of legislation. It needs to be discussed thoroughly," Kondo, who as the leading opposition director in the cabinet committee can in principle block the debate of a bill, told Reuters in an interview. "It will be impossible to pass the bill this session," Kondo said, adding that he was not necessarily against the idea of allowing casinos in Japan and could see a chance of the bill passing in the autumn session.

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