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June 21, 2021

The panel is part of an effort to boost the economy through casino development

Japan to study other countries’ casino development case studies

(Japan).- Japan will set up a panel to look at establishing casinos before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. "We will need to identify issues to deal with (the casino project) by looking into cases and legal systems in other countries," Suga said.

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fficials from various government agencies will come together to work on the matter, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference. Last December, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the Japan Restoration Party and People’s Life Party submitted a bill to the Diet urging the government to build integrated resort facilities in Japan.

Japan aims to boost the economy by opening such facilities ahead of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. “It will not take that much time” until the preparatory unit is formed, Suga said. “We will need to identify issues to deal with (the casino project) by looking into cases and legal systems in other countries.”

Integrated resort facilities can bring favorable economic effects, for example by attracting more foreign tourists, but it can also bring potential social ills, such as higher crime and gambling-related problems, including addiction.


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited two casino resort facilities in Singapore in May while attending a regional security summit.

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