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Japan enacts controversial casino gambling bill

'Integrated resort' openings will be limited to three locations initially

The new law imposes admission restrictions on Japanese casino guests, out of concerns about gambling addiction.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's parliament on Friday passed a law that paves the way for the opening of the country's first legal casino.

The controversial bill was enacted after it was passed by the upper house, with the backing of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition and the opposition Japan Innovation Party. The bill had already cleared the lower house.

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