Time may be running out on Japan's casino dream
Nikkei -- Nov 04
With less than a month until the end of the current Diet session, the government may be forced to give up on passing legislation promoting casino resorts in light of other legislative priorities.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party tried to play it safe this session by homing in on a few pet issues given that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet in September.

But the double resignation of newly appointed ministers Yuko Obuchi and Midori Matsushima gave ammunition to the opposition. With allegations now raised against Trade Minister Yoichi Miyazawa and Defense Minister Akinori Eto, Diet deliberations on legislation are now roughly a week behind schedule.

In addition, Abe has a packed diplomatic schedule for November, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting and other events. The prime minister is often required to make a pitch ahead of kicking off deliberations on a particularly important bill, or voting. But scheduling such appearances will be difficult this month.

The LDP is focusing on regional revitalization and women's empowerment above all else. The two regional revitalization bills are expected to pass the lower house on Thursday, and the party hopes to start debating the bills in the upper house on Friday, before Abe leaves for the APEC meeting.

News source: Nikkei
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