(Sankei: June 19, 2015 – p. 5)
The suprapartisan “alliance of Diet members to promote the international tourism industry,” which aims at opening casino businesses in Japan before the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, held a meeting in the Diet building in June 18. In light of the ruling coalition’s plan to extend the current Diet session, which will end on June 24, the suprapartisan parliamentary group reconfirmed the policy of aiming at enacting a bill to promote the construction of integrated resorts (IRs). Hiroyuki Hosoda, former deputy secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, heads the group.
The meeting was attended by also senior officials from economic organizations and local governments, which are positive about hosting casino gambling businesses. Expressing the intention to come up with measures to deal with compulsive gambling and other measures, Hosoda said emphatically: “IRs will become a springboard for promoting tourism. I want you to support our efforts.”
Suntory Holdings President Takeshi Niinami said: “No improvement will be made with just raising problems. I hope the bill will be enacted as early as possible.” Representatives from the prefectures of Hokkaido and Nagasaki and the cities of Sasebo and Osaka, which aim at promoting the casino gambling business, attended the meeting and requested the early enactment of the bill.