The Democratic Party for the People, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, and other opposition parties submitted to the House of Councillors on July 17 a censure motion on Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii (Komeito). The ruling parties had proposed to vote on the implementing legislation for integrated resorts (IR) with casinos at the Committee on the Cabinet on the same day, so the opposition submitted the motion to obstruct the vote.
In their motion, the opposition criticized Ishii for prioritizing deliberation on the casino resort bill when he should be giving top priority to dealing with the disaster brought about by torrential rains in western Japan. Since censure motions take precedence over the deliberation of bills, the vote on the bill did not take place on July 17.
The ruling parties plan to vote down the motion at the Upper House plenary session on July 18 and have the bill approved by the Upper House committee on July 19 at the latest to pave the way for passage at the Upper House plenary session on July 20. The opposition is poised to counter with a motion to dismiss the Cabinet Committee chair and other tactics.