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Japan approves first casino, hoping to create new tourism stream

Osaka integrated resort to open in 2029 and compete with others in Asia

A casino and other attractions will be built on Yumeshima, an artificial island in Osaka Bay. (Photo by Kento Awashima)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government approved its first casino on Friday, taking a step toward developing a new source of tourism. The casino will focus on attracting foreign visitors and also domestic tourists as other Asian casinos struggle to recover from a drop in Chinese visitors after the pandemic.

The integrated resort, which will include a casino, conference center, exhibition hall, hotel and theater, could open its doors as early as the fall of 2029.

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