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Casino legislation reportedly in works in Tokyo

Date Posted: 2002-06-09

The Japanese government is reportedly seriously preparing for as special legislation that would set up the legal framework for operating casinos in designated areas, specifically in Okinawa. The debate over the feasibility and possible merits of organized gambling in casinos in Okinawa has been intense for years. Law in Japan basically forbids gambling for money prizes, with exceptions for a state-run lottery, and motorboat, bicycle and horse racing betting.

The casino proponents in Okinawa claim that a casino would create considerable ripple effect on the economy and would help attract international tourists, conferences and other events to the prefecture. Opponents worry about an impact on youth education and claim that legalizing gambling would attract organized crime and other undesirable elements to the prefecture. They also say that since there is no expertise in organizing such a venture in Okinawa, all profits would be likely to flow to outsiders with little benefit to local residents.

Now the central government seems to be setting itself behind the proponents. It has reportedly set up a special advisory committee to prepare for the legislation. Committee members have also held discussions with prefecture officials and local municipalities in Okinawa over past few months.

Opponents have gained some unlikely allies. Groups in Tokyo and Osaka have for years campaigned to get rights to set up casinos in those big cities as means to boost revenue to local governments, and they are now crying foul. They say that they cannot understand why Okinawa suddenly is eligible to get legalized gambling but they are not despite of campaigning for the rights for years.

According to government plans reported in national newspapers, Okinawa is cited to have several advantages. First of all, itís an island and thus any undesired side effects of legalized gambling would be easier to control. Rights to run the casino should also be given to a local company thus ensuring that profits from the enterprise would stay in the prefecture. And all tax revenue from the gambling should be earmarked to local education programs thus creating better conditions for the future economic development of the prefecture.

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