The referendum in Osaka was rejected by the prefectural assembly

The referendum in Osaka was rejected by the prefectural assembly

A proposal for a local referendum regarding Osaka’s tilt at an integrated resort with a casino has been rejected by the prefectural assembly of that Japanese metropolis. On Friday, the vote took place.

The proposal for a referendum was opposed by both the Osaka Restoration Association and Komeito. The political groups control 48 and 15 of the 84 seats in the assembly.

The local referendum on the IR plan for Osaka was being sought by an anti-casino group. This was based on the fact that the lobbyists had gathered more than 190,000 signatures from registered local voters, above the 2 percent needed to submit such a referendum request.

The governor of Osaka prefecture, Hirofumi Yoshimura, who is a member of the pro-casino Osaka Restoration Association, submitted a draft local ordinances for a vote by the prefectural assembly.

The result of the vote on Friday had been anticipated. On June 6, Mr. Yoshimura was quoted as saying that he did not think a referendum was necessary.

In June, MGM Resorts International, a key private-sector partner for the proposed scheme, said it expected Japan’s national government would give a decision by the autumn regarding Osaka’s bid.

At current exchange rates, the project involves an investment of JPY1.08-trillion.

Summary:

A proposal for a local referendum regarding Osaka’s tilt at an integrated resort with a casino has been rejected by the prefectural assembly of that Japanese metropolis. The proposal for a referendum was opposed by both the Osaka Restoration Association and Komeito. The political groups control 48 and 15 of the 84 seats in the assembly.