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Abe's big gamble on casinos

Japan's first legal casino could open mid-2020s, despite public fears

Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii, who concurrently serves as state minister in charge of integrated resorts, inspected Singapore's Marina Bay Sands in early May.

TOKYO -- The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is stepping up its drive to open Japan's first legal casino as part of its economic growth strategy.

At the end of last year, the country's parliament enacted a controversial bill to allow casino gambling at "integrated resorts," which would include hotels, shopping and conference facilities.

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