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This week a bill that would allow for land casinos to be operated in Japan passed through a lower House committee, an unexpected result that will move the betting industry one step closer to being a reality in the country.
The advancement came as the Komeito political party withdrew their opposition to the vote on whether or not to progress the bill. Japan currently does not allow for casinos to operate in their country, but the government is considering sanctioning them in an effort to boost tourism and raise additional revenues for the country.
Japan is gearing up to host the 2020 Olympics, and proponents of gambling are keen to see casinos generating revenues by that time, so it will be interesting to see if the houses of government vote on the bill fully before the December 14th break.
Casino Listings will update this story as more developments arise.