Japanese IR legislation faces major opposition

Japanese IR legislation faces major opposition

Most opposition parties will submit legislation to abolish the Japanese IR Promotion Act from 2016, in an attempt to block the casino industry’s arrival.

Japan.- The segment seems to be closing in and the Japan Casino Commission is ready to go. However, Japanese IR legislation will soon face an opposition attempt that may delay things.

Most opposition parties in the country have come to an agreement to block the casino segment. Lawmakers will jointly submit legislation to reverse the 2016 Japanese IR Promotion Act.

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan executive Jun Azumi explained their push and called for a referendum. “I would like to put the question to the Japanese people whether or not we should have casinos.”

Despite the ongoing investigation over lawmakers receiving bribes from a casino operator, regulation continues to move forward. That’s why the government has set up the Japan casino commission, which will assess the IR licencing process.

The commission will have its first session on Friday January 10, GGRAsia reports, following its previously set timetable. It will most likely first decide the rules by which the commission will operate and then take on the Japanese IR industry.

Bribes scandal

The casino bribe scandal in Japan seems to be endless and continues to unfold. After many politicians denied getting money from casino operators, Mikio Shimoji took a different direction.

The Japanese lawmaker admitted having taken a bribe from a Chinese gambling operator back in 2017. He reversed his previous denial and said he received €8k and stated he “extremely regrets it.”

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