Japan's Parliament Enacts Casino, Pension Reform Bills (News)
Tokyo, Dec. 15 (Jiji Press)—The Diet enacted a so-called integrated resort promotion bill to legalize casinos in Japan in the small hours of Thursday, after another controversial bill, on reforming the country's pension system, cleared the Japanese parliament the previous day.
The casino bill, which was modified by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday, was approved at a plenary meeting of the House of Representatives early on Thursday by a majority vote with support mainly from the LDP and opposition Nippon Ishin no Kai, following its passage at the House of Councillors on Wednesday afternoon.
The modified bill includes measures against gambling addiction as well as a provision requiring a review of the legislation within five years of effectuation. The modification was made in response to concerns mainly among opposition parties about the lifting of a casino ban in the nation.
The original casino bill cleared the lower house last week.
The legislation calls on the government to promote the development of facilities integrating casinos, hotels, and convention halls.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]