New Japan PM informs parliament of key tourism IR policy

Japan’s casino resort policy is “an important step to push Japan into an advanced tourism country,” new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (pictured) addressed parliament on Monday.

His remarks came as he answered questions from representatives across the political spectrum following a general policy speech.

A large casino complex with other recreational facilities and space for meetings, incentives, meetings, and exhibition (MICE) events is known as an integrated resort (IR) in Japan.

Japan’s IR should provide “not just casinos, but MICE and large hotels that entertain families, and strict gambling addiction measures,” Kishida added, later referring to Japan’s main public policy focus regarding IR initiatives.

Such resorts “will attract a large number of tourists and create a positive economic effect on the host region,” the prime minister added, stressing that the government will “take the necessary steps to make the IR happen.”

Saito Tetsuo Saito, who was newly appointed Japan’s minister of land and transportation, said in an Oct. 5 briefing that Kishida had tasked Japan to enter orbit with the goal of attracting 60 million foreign tourists a year by 2030. He added that the casino resort policy is at the heart of the plan.

Mr. Kishida once chaired the policy research council of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party when the United Resorts Enforcement Act, the second legislation to create the casino industry, was enacted in 2018.

At the time, he negotiated with the LDP’s minority government partner, the Komeito, to enact legislation and lead it through parliament.

On October 1, the Japanese government held an application period for local authorities to host casino resorts and announced the weighting to be given when making such applications.

Under the liberalization program, up to three resorts will be allowed nationwide. Currently, only three local communities are in operation to hold large-scale IR events each: Osaka, Nagasaki, and Wakayama.

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