Japan Drafts Basic Policy on Casino Resorts

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 4 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Tourism Agency on Wednesday unveiled a draft basic policy on the introduction of up to three casino-featuring integrated resorts across the country.

The draft policy sets criteria for designating IR districts, requiring "good relations" with local communities and financial stability of IR operators.

Priorities are placed on IRs' positive effects on regional economies and tourism, and measures to combat possible negative implications such as rises in gambling addiction and crimes.

The government aims for the opening of IRs in the mid-2020s. But the draft does not include more details about the schedule.

The agency will accept public comments on the draft until Oct. 3, planning to formally adopt a basic policy by July next year.

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