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Political Uncertainty Rattles Japan’s Casino Hopes

The fall of Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will prove a set-back to hopes of legalising casino gambling in Japan, admits the Liberal Democratic Party’s casino advisor Toru Mihara, but an early general election could see the underlying cross-party consensus bring forth concrete legislative action on the issue early next year.The resignation of a second Japanese prime minister in little over 12 months has stalled possible progress on legislation that would authorize casinos in the country, Mihara told delegates at the Asian Casino Executive Summit in Singapore last week.

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