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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government hopes casino tourism can help boost a lackluster economy hamstrung by a shrinking, aging workforce. Japan aims to attract an annual 60 million visitors by 2030, up 88% from 2019.  (© Nikkei montage/Source photo by Getty Images)
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Japan's casino bribery scandal deals Abe a tough hand

Rising public opposition jeopardizes hopes for resorts in three cities

ERI SUGIURA, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

YOKOHAMA -- A few hundred meters from the constituency office of Japan's top government spokesman, a group of about 150 Yokohama residents braved the rain to protest against ambitions to build a casino in the city.

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