The Sunday elections in Japan will affect the pro- casino presence in the government

The Sunday elections in Japan will affect the pro- casino presence in the government

The tragic assignation of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is unlikely to affect support for integrated resorts in Japan. Sunday’s election results for Japan’s House of Councilors could be a sign of why this is happening.

Both the Japan Restoration Party and the Liberal Democratic Party won seats in Komeito. Both parties are committed to the realization of Abe’s original vision, which involves three new casino resorts in Japan that will open up the country for tourism, bolster its prefectures and bring in much tax revenue.

In places such as Osaka, where the first integrated resort is very likely to happen, there needs to be strong political support to ensure that local opposition does not throw a wrench in the works.

The Liberal Democratic Party now controls 146 seats in the House of Councilors, giving it the majority of the seats. Abe will have his vision safeguarded because the party has the opportunity to steer policies on a governmental level.

Osaka’s local opposition is not without merit and should be heard and considered. The seats in the Osaka prefecture are currently held by the Japan Restoration Party. Should the party decide to do so, it will stop any further investigations into the concerns raised by locals.

A referendu

According to GGRAsia’s Japan correspondent, casino-supporting parties won all four national parliamentary seats up for contention in Osaka in Sunday’s election for Japan’s House of Councillors.

The Japan Restoration Party got two seats in the election for the upper chamber, and the Liberal Democratic Party and its national-level coalition partner Komeito each got one seat.

In Osaka prefecture, some of the ultimately unsuccessful candidates had made the policy of getting a casino there, and had taken an anti-casino line.

In late April, the Osaka metropolis submitted its bid for an IR to the country’s national government.

An artificial island in Osaka bay is slated for an initial investment of JPY1.08 trillion (US$7 billion at current exchange rates). MGM Resorts International and Orix Corp are Osaka’s private sector partners for a tilt at the IR. The national government is expected to announce its decision in the autumn.

The majority of seats in the Osaka prefectural assembly are held by the Japan Restoration Party, a local political grouping that supports the IR policy.

An anti-casino community group in Japan’s Osaka metropolis said on June 27 that it had passed the 2-percent threshold of “effective” local-voter signatures necessary to seek a referendum on the issue.

The casino policy was not an election issue in any other prefecture, according to GGRAsia’s correspondent. Nagasaki has applied to the national government for the right to host an IR.

More than half the seats in the upper house were up for election on Sunday. The LDP and Komeito increased their representation in that chamber to 146 seats after the results.

The LDP got 63 seats in the election, Komeito won 13 seats, the Constitutional Democratic Party got 17 seats, the Japan Restoration Party got 12 and the Democratic Party for the People got five.

IR promotion was included in the policy materials of the LDP, Komeito, and the Japan Restoration Party. The Japanese Communist Party had a policy of stopping casinos from being built.

Sunday’s national election was against the backdrop of Friday’s campaign meeting shooting in Nara, western Japan, that led to the death of former prime minister Shinzo Abe, the politician identified as the originator of the casino-resort policy.