The anti-casino group wants to vote on the referendum in Osaka

The anti-casino group wants to vote on the referendum in Osaka

According to GGRAsia’s Japan correspondent, an anti-casino group is seeking a vote on a local referendum regarding Osaka’s tilt at an integrated resort in that Japanese metropolis.

In June, MGM Resorts International, a key private-sector partner for the proposed JPY1.08-trillion (US$8.0 billion at current exchange rates), said it expected Japan’s national government to make a decision on Osaka’s bid by the autumn.

An anti-casino group said on Wednesday that it would submit a referendum request to the governor of Osaka prefecture.

This was based on the fact that the lobbyists had gathered more than 190,000 signatures from registered local voters, which is above the 2 percent threshold needed to submit a referendum request.

The governor, who is a member of the pro-casino Osaka Restoration Association, will need to submit a draft local law on the topic within 20 days of the lobby group’s request, according to GGRAsia’s correspondent. The prefectural assembly would vote on the draft.

On June 6, Mr Yoshimura was quoted as saying that he did not think a referendum was necessary. The majority of the assembly is held by the Osaka Restoration Association.

On Tuesday it was reported that an attorney planned a lawsuit after some anti-casino citizens in Osaka were told that the city’s audit committee wouldn’t investigate the land lease deal for the Osaka casino scheme.

Summary:

An anti-casino group is seeking a vote on a local referendum within weeks, regarding Osaka’s tilt at an integrated resort. The group said it would submit on July 21 a referendum request to Osaka prefecture’s governor, Hirofumi Yoshimura. This was on the basis the lobbyists had gathered more than 190,000 signatures from registered local voters.