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4 areas in Japan plan to host casino resorts

  • September 22, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 3:40 p.m.
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Tokyo, Sept. 22 (Jiji Press)–Four areas in Japan plan to host integrated casino resorts under the law on such facilities, a Jiji Press survey of the country’s 47 prefectures and 20 major cities showed.

The four are the city of Yokohama, the group of Osaka Prefecture and the city of Osaka, Wakayama Prefecture and Nagasaki Prefecture, according to the survey conducted between early August and early September.

In addition, Hokkaido, Tokyo and the cities of Chiba, Kawasaki, Hamamatsu and Nagoya are considering hosting casino resorts, the survey showed.

Local authorities willing to host casino resorts need to apply for approval from the central government, which plans to allow such facilities to be built at up to three locations in the country.

The Osaka prefectural and city governments in western Japan plan to build a casino resort on Yumeshima, an artificial island, receiving concept ideas, including ways to prevent gambling addiction, from three operators.

The prefectural government of Wakayama, which neighbors Osaka, plans to open a casino resort on an artificial island in the city of Wakayama in the fiscal year that starts in April 2024.

The Nagasaki prefectural government in southwestern Japan plans to build a casino resort at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in the city of Sasebo. It aims to start soliciting concept ideas as early as this autumn.

The city government of Yokohama, south of Tokyo, late last month announced its bid to host a casino resort at Yamashita Pier. The city assembly on Friday passed a supplementary budget that includes costs of attracting the resort.

The prefectural government of Hokkaido, northern Japan, is considering the city of Tomakomai as a preferred candidate to host a casino resort. The city government of Chiba, east of Tokyo, this month started soliciting concept ideas to consider the possibility of hosting a casino resort.

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