Fumio Kishida, Japan’s new Prime Minister, has spoken out for the first time about casinos in Japan saying they are a vital step in transforming tourism in the country.
Responding to questions from Kiyomi Tsujimoto, Deputy Representative of the Constitutional Democratic Party, on the viability of Integrated Resorts casinos, he said: “It is an important initiative for Japan to become an advanced tourism nation in the future. We are proceeding appropriately with the necessary procedures.”
Despite Osaka, Nagasaki and Wakayama all having confirmed their preferred casino partners, the Constitutional Democratic Party has presented a bill to axe the IR/Casino bill.
Mr Kishida added: “IR is a crucial element of becoming an advanced tourism nation. A domestic IR will take measures against addiction and will build not only a casino but also build international conference halls and large hotels as a tourism base that can be enjoyed by families. IR attracts a lot of tourists and the regional economic ripple effect is significant. The various regional governments are currently preparing their IR applications, including risk assessments. We will continue to move forward with the necessary procedures, including the implementation of strict regulations on casinos based on the IR Development Act and other legislation.”
“I will, with all my energy, get straight to work,” Mr, Kishida added. “Party members around the country and members of parliament, please work with me.”