Japan’s IR Implementation Bill has yet to be submitted
The Japan legislature has expanded to 39 days the current Diet session length, which initially was set at a surprisingly short eight-day length.
The idea, from gaming lobbyists, was to get the submission of the Abe government’s IR Implementation Bill to the National Diet. However, no decision appears to have been made yet about the timing for the submission,
As there is no sign of progress made on IR-related legislation, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Keiichi Ishii, whose ministry is expected to have a central oversight role over IRs, was asked about the matter by a Japanese journalist at a press conference last week.
Ishii, said: “A specific system will be examined in the future by the government and the ruling party, but we will not be on time to submit the legislation.” The minister has a political base that is highly sceptical of plans to build casinos within Japan, and his comments seem to be off the mark as they were made when the Diet session had not been extended. (E-11.07.17)