While a Japanese casino license is a hot pursuit amongst gambling operators from across the globe, the competition to host a casino is as intense.
According to a survey conducted by the Japan Tourism Agency, there are eight contenders who have been wanting to host a casino.
Revealing the findings of the survey report, Kazuyoshi Akaba, the Tourism Minister of Japan, has confirmed that eight areas are Hokkaido, the city of Chiba, Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, a combined effort by Osaka Prefecture and the city of Osaka, Wakayama Prefecture and Nagasaki Prefecture.
However, Hokkaido is looking forward to withdraw from contending to host a casino resort. The government sources on Thursday confirmed that they may quit citing environmental concerns.
According to the reports, Gov. Naomichi Suzuki could make an announcement tomorrow. The governor has said that there have been concerns raised by residents about the environmental impact of having a massive gambling site.
Speaking to the press, Suzuki said, “We haven’t reached a conclusion yet. We’ll make a decision after due consideration.”
It is also reported that a citizen’s group campaigning against a casino resort has gathered about 20,000 signatures – thus, mounting pressure on the local government.
Japan has liberalized its gambling rules and has allowed for foreigner-only casinos. Three such casinos featuring integrated resorts are to be built in the first phase. Moreover, given the prospects of casino gambling in the region, several gambling operators from across the globe are vying for a casino license in Japan.
However, while a casino in Japan would be a favorite of many, that’s not how the Japanese people think of casinos in the country. A Jiji opinion survey has found that about 60 percent of the Japanese are not in favor of the casino gambling industry and that their major concern is public security.
The majority of people believe that allowing casinos in the country would pose a threat to public security.