The Japanese Government and ruling coalition are thinking about the possible expansion of the ongoing Diet session to the end of June or beginning of July so as to make sure the casino gaming growth invoice will be passed, along with the piece of legislation centered on labour reform.
The local lawmakers also decided to postpone the anticipated Lower House vote on the labour reform bill until Thursday. The other piece of legislation that’s currently being contemplated is the Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill, which is aimed at unfolding a comprehensive legislative and regulatory framework for the newly opened Japanese casino market.
The latter is set to arrive at an end on June 20th, however because it was disclosed now, Japanese lawmakers can extend the session using a week or two to make certain they have taken into consideration and passed all vital pieces of legislation.
Two Major Bills Wait for Approval
The 150-day parliamentary session found two major bills unveiled. The very first one of them is the so-called labour reform bill, which can be set to cover the chronic overwork issue of Japan.
So far as the casino gambling is worried, the piece of legislation under which casinos will be made legal in the nation is also set to be passed during the ongoing Diet session. According to the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the proposed laws is one of the main agenda items in today’s parliamentary session, since the measure might end up bringing more overseas visitors in Japan. Local lawmakers have hoped that the accession of casino gambling from the country would boost regional economies, which might bring more gambling revenue to Japan.
For some time now, the casino growth of the Japanese gambling market has been related to deterioration of existing gambling dependence and potential gambling-related harm. According to opponents of the Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill, the growth of the market’s status quo would get a rise not only in gambling participation rates but in the amount of players.
According to these, the Parliament may be short of deliberation time for the vital debts, so such an extension should be considered.
The discussions over the casino bill have already started in a plenary meeting of the House of Representatives last Tuesday. The proposed piece of legislation is currently accompanied by another step aimed at problem gambling. The so-called anti-gambling addiction bill was filed to the Lower House by the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito, along with the nominal opposition party in the nation — Nippon Ishin no Kai. It has already been greenlighted in the lower chamber, so is now to proceed to Japan’s House of Councillors for further consideration and vote.