The government postponed the IR bill passage last Friday in order to counter criticism from opposition parties.
Japan.- Japan is set to pass the integrated resorts (IRs) bill this month but last Friday wasn’t the day. Amid criticism from opposition parties, the ruling coalition decided to postpone its passage in order to deliberate some “problems” the opposition says there was no time to debate.
According to local media, the coalition didn’t want to force the bill to avoid a negative impact ahead of the election day in Niigata and had to back down from its intention to see it clearing a Lower House committee last week. Therefore, they are set to meet the opposition on Tuesday to debate how the project will be sent to the Upper House for enactment before the end of the current Diet session.
One of the main claims by the opposition parties is that a large percentage of casino clientele will actually be Japanese and not foreign tourists, as land minister Keiichi Ishii said on Friday. “[IRs will serve as a] hub of communication between Japan and the rest of the world,” he stated.
Despite the current legislative session being scheduled to end on June 20th, the Congress of Japan is planning to extend it to late-June or July in order to have time to pass the casino bill. The measure is being discussed by the government of Japan and the ruling bloc, although they have not revealed when the extension would be confirmed.