(Nikkei: December 9, 2015 – p. 2)
According to an opinion survey conducted by Dentsu on “integrated resorts,” 45% of people oppose allowing resorts featuring casinos along with hotels and convention facilities to be built in Japan, while 29% favor it. Only about 20% of those surveyed understood the meaning of the term “integrated resort.” The Liberal Democratic Party and others aim to pass a bill to promote the introduction of integrated resorts in Japan (the casino bill) at the next Diet session, but it seems that integrated resorts are neither well known nor of much interest to the general public.
The poll was administered in September to a total of 100 men and women aged 20–59 and residing in the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan area. A total of 50% of respondents said that they had heard of the term “integrated resort” but were not aware of what it meant in detail, while 30% responded that they had never heard of the term.
A total of 26% of respondents were on the fence over whether integrated resorts should be allowed in Japan, indicating “undecided” in the poll. Apparently, 17% of such persons shifted to favoring the introduction of the resorts after hearing about the cases of Singapore and America’s Las Vegas and receiving an explanation of the economic impact of the facilities.