(Mainichi: July 30, 2015 – p. 5)
The supra-partisan alliance of Diet members to promote the construction of integrated resorts (IRs), centering on casino gambling, held a meeting on July 29 in the Diet building and the group confirmed a policy of aiming to enact a bill to promote the construction of IRs (the casino bill) during the current Diet session. Although it was viewed that the passage of the bill would be difficult because many in the Komeito party, the coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, were cautious about the bill, the casino proponents have now gained momentum for passing the bill on account of a lengthy extension of the current Diet session until Sept. 27.
About 70 Diet members participated in yesterday’s meeting. Liberal Democratic Party Executive Acting Secretary General Hiroyuki Hosoda, who heads the group, expressed his strong determination to enact the bill, saying, “There are 60 days left in the current session. Although thorough debates should be conducted on the security bills, this is a great opportunity for the IR bill.”
Hosoda pointed out the need for measures to address compulsive gambling. He indicated that the group will consider submitting a budget request for a fact-finding survey. (Abridged)