Japan’s Casino Liberalisation At Political Crossroads

The Liberal Democratic Party’s plans to introduce casino gambling in Japan could be derailed by defeat in the upcoming July 29 election. However, chances for real progress rest in the hands of Japan’s bureaucrats and their willingness to engage with whichever political groups hold power in the coming year will prove crucial.

With upper house elections looming at the end of the month, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is fighting for his political life against sagging opinion poll figures. Abe’s administration has been closely involved in shaping plans for the introduction of casinos in Japan, leading commentators to suggest that new casino plans could face a significant setback were he to leave office.

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