With regard to upcoming gambling legalization in Japan, opposition parties have introduced amendments involving the establishment of the enhanced gambling control programme. The casino legalization has been passed last week by the House of Councillors, but it is still waiting for the scrutiny by the Lower House.

Once the Casino Bill enters into force, legislators will launch and implement the conditions for the licensing process and casino laws. According to media sources, opposition groups suggested the following mitigating controls: identification and tracking problem gamblers through national identification system “My Number,” monitoring compliance with responsible gambling principles, as well as the construction problem gambling treatment centers.

The casino legalization bill was presented by the current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). On December 14, despite the opposition of the four parties trying to postpone the vote, the casino bill was approved at the plenary session of the House of Councillors with the full support of the Liberal Democratic Party. The bill will be enshrined in the constitution on the last day of the current Diet session.

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