With Komeito allowing its lawmakers to cast conscience votes, 18 House of Councillors members of the party – including Komeito secretary general in the Upper House Makoto Nishida — out of a total of 25, voted for the casino bill in the House of Councillors on Dec. 14, while 7 – including party leader Natsuo Yamaguchi and Yuichiro Uozumi, head of the Komeito caucus in the Upper House – voted against.
After the vote, Yamaguchi refused to answer questions from reporters, while Uozumi said that his reason for opposing the bill was “the government will be allowing illegal operations.”
Following is how Komeito Upper House members voted on the casino bill:
In favor: Kozo Akino, Takae Ito, Hirotaka Ishikawa, Yoshihiro Kawano, Seishi Kumano, Sayaka Sasaki, Hisatake Sugi, Hiromi Takase, Toshiko Takeya, Masaaki Taniai, Hiroaki Nagasawa, Hideki Niizuma, Makoto Nishida, Daisaku Hiraki, Nobuhiro Miura, Masaru Miyazaki, Katsuo Yakura, Kanae Yamamoto
Against: Yuichiro Uozumi, Ryuji Satomi, Masayoshi Hamada, Natsuo Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Shinichi Yokoyama, Kaneshige Wakamatsu