A citizen’s group has filed a lawsuit in the Nagasaki District Court, asking the governor of that Japanese prefecture to stop spending public money on efforts to get an integrated resort with a casino in that community. In a complaint filed on behalf of eight individuals, the group ‘Stop the Casino Nagasaki Prefectural Network’ said that the prefectural government had signed a contract for over 100 million dollars.
The governor of that Japanese prefecture has been urged in a case filed in Nagasaki District Court to stop using tax dollars to promote the construction of an integrated resort including a casino in the area.
In a complaint filed on behalf of eight individuals, the group said that the prefectural government under governor Kengo Oishi had signed a contract for over one hundred million dollars with a law firm.
According to Wednesday’s news report, the contract was to review the prefecture’s IR Area Development Plan and related work required in the bid process for an IR.
The lobby group thinks the money is an improper use of public funds, as it claims the IR application is not likely to be approved at the national level.
The lobby group tried to get the prefectural audit committee involved in the process in June. The audit committee said on August 1 that there was nothing irregular about the payment of the fee. According to the report, the lobby group decided to file the lawsuit after that.
Nagasaki prefecture and Osaka submitted their proposals for a casino resort to the national government in late April. Casinos Austria International Japan Inc. is Nagasaki’s private-sector partner on the plan.
The proposed site is next to the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo City.
Nagasaki’s scheme has a figure of JPY 438.3 billion (US$3.03 billion).
According to the lawsuit, the supporting documents have not been made public, despite Mr Oishi’s claims that some parties have given what the prefecture refers to as “commitment letters”.
The letters the prefecture sent to the central government might not meet the level of certainty required by the central government according to the side of the lawsuit.