The government has decided to postpone the release of a basic policy setting forth guidelines for designating areas that can host integrated resorts (IR) featuring casinos to after this summer’s Upper House elections. It concluded that the release would have an impact on the UH race, as the public’s anxiety about the opening of casinos remains strong.
The government needs to set up a “casino management committee,” which will supervise casino operators, before it releases a basic policy. Consideration is also underway for presenting a proposal for the selection of five committee members, including the chairman, which the Prime Minister will appoint with the consent of the Diet, to the autumn session of the Diet or at a later time.
The government had initially planned to set up a casino management committee during the current session and release a basic policy in summer to ensure local communities and casino operators can be given sufficient time to make preparations. Pushing back the release schedule of the basic policy may cause a delay in the opening of casinos, which are expected to open from around 2023 to 2024. (Abridged)