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Inoue indicates Komeito will not allow its lawmakers to vote freely on casino bill

  • 2015-04-01 15:00:00
  • , Asahi
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(Asahi: April 1, 2015 – p. 4)


 Komeito Secretary General Yoshihisa Inoue indicated in a meeting of senior party members held on March 31 in the Diet building that “it is very rare for Komeito to lift its requirement for party members to vote according to its decision,” Asahi has learned. He was talking about a bill (that would lift the ban on casino gambling) to promote the construction of integrated resorts (IRs) that the supra-partisan “alliance of Diet members to promote the international tourism industry” is aiming to submit to the current session of the Diet. Reportedly, no objection was raised from other participants.


 Inoue’s remark can be interpreted to mean that Komeito will not let its members cast their votes freely on the bill. Amid the Liberal Democratic Party’s hasty moves to submit the bill to the Diet, he was apparently emphasizing his party’s stance of opposing the casino bill unless the contents of the bill are improved.

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