Japanese lawmakers - more than a handful from various parties - convened at a Tokyo conference late last week to show their support for a draft law to legalize casinos.
Casino advocates in Japan have been trying to open up the new world's third largest economy for nearly a decade, but while momentum has been building, Japan's political instability has been putting the process on hold.
Meanwhile, casino operators globally have been standing by patiently for the floodgates to open.
The Japan Academy of Gambling and Gaming Studies hosted a panel discussion on legalizing casinos in Japan on Thursday. Several hundred attendees showed up and among them were many congressional representatives.