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Japan: Lawmaker-Sponsored Bill on Gambling Addiction Mulled
Source: http://the-japan-news.com
Source Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Japan
Created: Mar 31, 2017

The ruling parties are planning to create a basic law that would oblige the government to take necessary measures to deal with gambling addictions.

The move comes in response to criticism that addiction measures in pachinko parlors and state-controlled gambling including horse racing are insufficient.

The Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito will submit a lawmaker-sponsored bill as early as during the current session of Diet.

The bill will likely make clear that the government has responsibility to cope with gambling addiction and will stipulate standards and procedures to strengthen related measures.

The bill will also obligate the central and local governments to compile a basic plan to promote addiction measures.

The law to lift the ban on casinos and promote integrated resort facilities was enacted in the previous extraordinary Diet session.

During deliberations, however, some lawmakers were critical about how the government was coping with gambling addiction in horse racing and at pachinko parlors.

Komeito is scheduled to compile their points of discussion on Tuesday.

The compilation will include an item which says: “A law that would set a schedule in dealing with gambling addictions should be enacted to demonstrate that the government is making its utmost efforts.”

The LDP will also compile its points of discussion by the end of this month.

Concrete measures, based on the basic law, will be listed in basic plans to be compiled by the central and local governments, or in separate laws.

As examples of concrete measures, Komeito, in its points of discussion, has listed restricting admission to gambling facilities and putting a cap on money that could be spent; strengthening advertisement regulations; and restricting the use of pachinko machines and horse race betting tickets deemed to be too highly speculative.

However, some may oppose the idea to restrict admission as it may have adverse effects on business. On this and other matters, the ruling parties intend to proceed carefully.

IR promotion HQ set up

The government on Friday set up its headquarters — headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — to promote the development of integrated resort facilities based on the law to lift the ban on casinos.

The headquarters will lay the groundwork for the legislation of a law to implement the plan to develop casinos.

Toshiya Morishige, who took charge of preparing for the establishment of the headquarters, was appointed head of the secretariat on Friday.

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