ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronEye IconIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintSite TitleTitle ChevronIcon Twitter
Politics

Japan puts off finalizing casino resort policy

Bribery scandal prompts government to introduce anticorruption provisions

The Japanese government will add new provisions to its basic guidelines governing the licensing of casinos, following allegations that a lawmaker took payments from a Chinese casino operator. (Photo by Manda Yeung)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will postpone the deadline for finalizing its basic policy on casino resorts, which will specify criteria for the screening of resort operators, to February or later. It had earlier said the rules would be set by the end of January.

The move comes in response to a recent scandal in which a lawmaker has been accused of taking bribes from a Chinese company that hopes to build a casino on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Lower house member Tsukasa Akimoto was served with a fresh arrest warrant on Jan. 14 in connection with the alleged bribery.

Reacting to the scandal, the government now plans to add strict anticorruption provisions to the basic policy.

The original draft of the rules published last September specifies criteria for licensing casino resort operators. Successful candidates were to have demonstrated that they are financially stable and able to establish good relationships with the communities where resorts are to be built. The government aims to introduce new provisions limiting contact between resort operators and government officials, including cabinet members, state ministers, parliamentary vice ministers and employees of local governments involved in casino projects.

After finalizing the basic policy, the government will accept applications to build resorts from local governments and operators from January to July 2021. After screening the bids, it will select in August that year or afterward up to three locations for resorts, which will open in the mid-2020s. This timeline has not been changed, at least for now, according to sources.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this monthThis is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia;
the most dynamic market in the world.

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia

Get trusted insights from experts within Asia itself.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Get Unlimited access

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this month

This is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia; the most
dynamic market in the world
.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Try 3 months for $9

Offer ends April 30th

Your trial period has expired

You need a subscription to...

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers and subscribe

Your full access to the Nikkei Asian Review has expired

You need a subscription to:

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers
NAR on print phone, device, and tablet media