The anti-casino lobby in Japan has suffered a new blow

The anti-casino lobby in Japan has suffered a new blow

Nagasaki’s prefectural audit committee said on Monday that there had been nothing irregular about the payment of a fee for consultants to support the anti-casino lobbyists.

The audit committee said that the prefecture had acted correctly, according to GGRAsia’s Japan correspondent. The committee dismissed the request for it to intervene because there was no reason to do so.

GGRAsia reported in June that there was an audit request from a group called the “Stop the Casino Nagasaki Prefecture Network”.

The group thought there was little chance the national government would approve Nagasaki’s IR scheme due to what the lobbyists considered to be deficiencies in its funding plan. Nagasaki’s scheme is expected to cost JPY 438.6 billion.

The power to ask for an audit is contained in the Local Autonomy Act of Japan, according to GGRAsia’s correspondent.

The governor of the prefecture selected the four-member prefectural audit committee. Nagasaki prefectural assembly members voted in favor of the local IR plan in the present committee. Kengo Oishi is the incumbent governor and he supports the IR proposal.

The national authorities received Nagasaki’s bid a few days before the April 28 deadline.

A June 2 media briefing from an anti-casino group said it was “very doubtful” about the chances of the casino resort proposal from Nagasaki’s private-sector partner, Casinos Austria International Japan Inc, “meeting the requirement set by the central government”. There is no chance for Nagasaki’s scheme to be selected if the plan does not meet the requirements.

PAG, a Hong Kong-based private asset management firm, has been linked in several Japanese media reports to a possible sale of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park, which is adjacent to a proposed casino resort in Nagasaki prefecture. The reports have not been commented on by PAG.

The central authorities in Osaka applied to have an IR. According to one of its private-sector partners, the results of the submission could be known by the autumn. The former mentioned that the scheme had an initial investment of over a trillion dollars.

Following a vote on Friday, the prefectural assembly of Osaka rejected a request for a local referendum on Osaka’s bid for a casino resort.

Summary:

The Nagasaki prefectural audit committee said there was nothing irregular about the payment of a fee for consultants to support the local government in its pursuit of an integrated resort with a casino. The group calling itself the “Stop the Casino Nagasaki Prefecture Network” requested an audit. Nagasaki’s scheme is expected to cost 438.3 billion.