In Japan, the Integrated Resort Implementation Bill could reportedly be put to a vote before the full 465-seat House of Representatives as soon as tomorrow after Friday afternoon saw the body’s Cabinet Committee controversially ratify the casino-legalizing legislation.
According to a report from Asia Gaming Brief, the legislation that would bring up to three integrated casino resorts to the Asian nation made it through the Cabinet Committee amid scenes that saw opposition politicians from the Democratic Party for the People, the Japanese Communist Party and the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan rush the dais in an effort to stop a ballot from being held. However, these efforts were purportedly in vain as lawmakers from the ruling center-right coalition government of Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, simply stood after about a minute of protests to indicate that an affirmative vote had taken place.
Although most casino gambling is currently illegal in Japan, Abe’s coalition managed to pass the Integrated Resort Promotion Act in December of 2016 and it is now hoping to get the successor Integrated Resort Implementation Bill through the House of Representatives in advance of a Wednesday legislative deadline from where the measure will move to the upper House of Councillors.
Asia Gaming Brief reported that the Cabinet Committee had been scheduled to vote on the Act last Thursday but that this ballot had been delayed after opposing politicians unsuccessfully attempted to force the body’s Chairman, Daishiro Yamagiwa, as well as Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Keiichi Ishii, to resign.
Should continuing protests stop the House of Representatives from voting on the Bill before the June 20 cut-off, The Japan Times newspaper reported that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito coalition may simply extend the session by a further few weeks in order to secure passage.