The government of Japan has reportedly appointed a pair of senior civil servants to assist with the creation of the official body that is to be tasked with overseeing the future probity of the Asian nation’s nascent casino market.
According to a report from GGRAsia, the unnamed duo was selected on Friday and will now be answerable to the Cabinet Office of Japanese President, Shinzo Abe, as it begins the process of suggesting the constituents of the five-member regulatory and oversight organization.
GGRAsia reported that each of the suggested names is to be subject to the approval of the Japan’s bicameral National Diet via an extraordinary session scheduled to be held in the autumn. Once endorsed, the final quintet will purportedly operate independent of the Cabinet Office with assistance from approximately 100 government employees.
Although the final duties of this authority have not yet been officially delineated, it has been reported that the group is to be broadly responsible for handling the regulation, safety and honesty of the country’s trio of coming integrated casino resorts. These facilities were purportedly legalized following the government’s ratification of special enabling legislation almost one year ago with the first now expected to begin welcoming players as soon as the end of 2025.
Furthermore, the Japanese government had prefaced the naming of the two steering officials by ordering representatives from a number of ministries to carry out a range of preliminary exercises related to the emerging casino industry. This purportedly included reorganizing the Japan Tourism Agency so as to give it authority over several gambling-linked matters embracing the ability to pick the candidate locales for the three coming licenses.