Japan’s House of Representatives waves through anti-gambling addiction bill
Bill reaches discussion stage in Japanese Parliament
A bill designed to tackle gambling addiction has been approved by the House of Representatives – Japan’s lower parliamentary chamber. The bill will now move to the upper house, otherwise known as the House of Councillors, where members will discuss and vote on the bill.
The anti-gambling addiction bill was the result of combined efforts from both the parties of Japan’s ruling coalition and the main opposition party. The consensus of opinion suggests the bill will move through the house with ease.
Britain has also voiced concern about the potential issues with gambling addiction, with several MP’s and peers calling for gambling to be treated like the tobacco industry and be issued health warnings.
The motion is seen as an essential part of the country’s preparation for the arrival of casino resorts. The Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill, which provides a basic regulatory framework for the implementation of a casino industry in Japan, is already in the discussion stage in the House of Representatives and will likely move through both chambers before the official ending on 20th June of the current parliamentary session.
The IR Implementation Bill – as submitted to the Diet – proposes an initial cap of three casino resorts nationwide, and a fixed tax rate of 30% on any casino gross gaming revenue (GGR) generated by that country’s proposed gaming resorts. It sets a JPY6000 (US$54) casino entry fee for locals for 24-hour access, and limits casino visits by Japanese to three times a week and 10 times per month in aggregate.
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