Tokyo, Jan. 20 (Jiji Press)–Four major Japanese opposition parties introduced a bill to scrap laws on casino-featuring integrated resorts to the Diet, Japan’s parliament, Monday.
The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the Democratic Party for the People, the Japanese Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party jointly submitted the bill to the House of Representatives, the lower chamber.
Last week, Lower House lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto was served an additional arrested warrant in a bribery scandal related to an envisioned IR project. Akimoto quit Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party after the scandal broke.
“Casinos would be hotbeds of fraud and corruption,” a senior CDPJ official said.
The bill seeks to repeal a law on the development of such resorts passed in 2018 and a related law on the promotion of IR development passed in 2016. Akimoto was Lower House Cabinet Committee chairman when the IR promotion law was discussed in the Diet.
The opposition bloc plans to use the casino issue to put pressure on the government and the ruling camp during the ordinary Diet session that began Monday.
“We submitted the bill as the first step to make the government give up introducing casinos,” CDPJ parliamentary affairs head Jun Azumi told reporters.
Meanwhile, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference, “We’ll will make necessary preparations so that the effects of IR development will become evident as early as possible.”