Japanese IR developments face opposition

Japanese IR developments face opposition
Japanese IR developments will arrive in the country soon.

According to a recent survey, 60% of the local population is against the development of the first Japanese IR in the country.

Japan.- The casino industry is getting closer to Japan, but it seems not everybody is on board with its arrival. According to a recent survey, 60% of the public is against the industry touching ground in the archipelago.

In October, a Jiji opinion poll asked Japanese nationals whether integrated resorts (IRs) developments are beneficial for the country. 57.9% of the respondents disagree with the plan and 26.6% are in favour. However, only 62.8% of the supporters would like a venue in their area.

Japanese IR developments may soon turn into a reality as the government continues to assess how to do so.

In an unexpected move, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan published the IR Basic Plan in September. The 46-page draft has no illustrations or charts but aims to make rules for the segment clearer, AGBrief reports.

The primary target for the government seems to be boosting tourism and the MICE industry. They intend them to enhance Japan’s international competitiveness. The Japan IR Basic Plan specifically states that developments must help the government reach its tourists goal. Such is to attract 60 million foreign tourists annually by 2030.

Still, even as it’s a step forward, there’s no timeline for the bidding process yet, as it’s still under consideration.

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