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Japan's casino market can top Singapore, says Las Vegas executive

MGM chief seeks local partners as Tokyo takes big step toward legalization

Gaming machines at the MGM Cotai in Macau. The Las Vegas-based company is now hoping to operate a casino resort in Japan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- After nearly a decade of political uncertainty, Japan's government has taken a crucial step forward to opening the country for the casino gaming industry.

The House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill on gambling addiction countermeasures, preceding the IR Implementation Bill that is necessary to allow so-called integrated resorts in Japan.

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