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Japan cannot risk social safety when it allows casinos to open

Integrated resorts have financial benefits but also social and environmental costs

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Not every success in Las Vegas can guarantee a favorable reaction in Japan.   © NurPhoto/Getty Images

On December 25 last year, Tokyo prosecutors arrested Tsukasa Akimoto, a member of the governing LDP party, on suspicion of receiving 3.7 million yen ($34,000) in bribes from Chinese sports betting group

Akimoto, who denies any wrongdoing, has been a proponent of introducing casinos -- also called integrated resorts -- to Japan, and his arrest had immediate negative consequences for the industry: the opposition party announced that it would submit a bill in 2020 to ban them.

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