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Odds favor Japan casino bill, but more work ahead

Gambling resorts unlikely to open before Tokyo Olympics

Opposition lawmakers walked out of the lower house vote.

TOKYO -- Casino gambling moved closer to legalization in Japan on Tuesday when a controversial bill passed the lower house of parliament, making it likely to become law by Dec. 14.

Some ruling bloc lawmakers were unhappy with the bill, which would promote casinos as part of "integrated resorts," and the rushed debate that preceded Tuesday's vote on the house floor.

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