Lower house panel to vote on casino bill

Jiji Press

Tomoko Abe of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, center, speaks at a joint press conference of the opposition parties in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — A House of Representatives committee decided Tuesday to vote on a bill to introduce casino-featuring integrated resorts in Japan on Wednesday.

Lower house Cabinet Committee Chairman Daishiro Yamagiwa of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party made the decision by the virtue of his authority at a committee executive meeting.

The Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, aim to pass the bill through the lower house within the week.

The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and other opposition parties are considering a motion to dismiss Yamagiwa as they call for further discussions on the bill.

The ruling camp is examining the idea of extending the current parliamentary session, now set to end on June 20, by some 20 days to ensure that the House of Councillors passes the bill into law during the session.

The opposition side will not hesitate to submit a no-confidence motion against tourism minister Keiichi Ishii and the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, sources familiar with the situation said.

At the day’s committee executive meeting, representatives of the opposition parties walked out in response to the ruling side’s proposal for the vote, complaining about a lack of discussion on the bill.

Opposition parties want “careful deliberations” on the bill, Tomoko Abe of the CDPJ told a joint press conference by the parties, adding that problems with the bill will be pointed out to the public.

Meanwhile, the ruling and opposition parties agreed at an executive meeting of the upper house Cabinet Committee to start on Thursday substantial discussions on legislation related to the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement among Japan and 10 other countries, excluding the United States.

The ruling camp proposed taking a vote on the legislation on June 19 after holding discussions attended by the prime minister. The legislation passed the lower chamber last month.Speech

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