Following the departure of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, served four terms as Prime Minister of Japan and President of the Liberal Democratic Party since 2012, it has been reported that the casino integrated resort plans won’t change as long as the current National Policy remains.
The controversial gambling and hotel resorts in Japan have been a topic of debate over the last few years, however, when questions arose about the future of the plans, the departing Prime Minister reiterated that unless a new law is introduced that nullifies the previous law, then the policy will proceed as planned.
Reportedly, one of the primary reasons why Shinzo Abe resigned last Friday was because of his circumstances surrounding his health and a condition known as ulcerous colitis.
This in turn brought uncertainty about many policies and plans that are ongoing, including the new casino resort plans along with the introduction of legalised gambling in Japan.
Shinzo Abe revealed more:
“We can’t afford any mistakes in important political decisions if my judgment is clouded by pain. I no longer have the capacity to confidently fulfill the role entrusted to me by the citizens, so I have decided I am no longer in a position to serve as Prime Minister.
This is already a national policy that has passed through the houses and has been enacted, so unless someone comes up with a new law that nullifies the previous law, the policy itself won’t change.
Whether or not it proceeds is another story. Unless there is another majority party that takes over the central government in both the lower and upper houses, the policy itself will continue to move forward, be it slowly or fast.
I don’t think we really need to worry too much about whether it will exist in the future.
That is also based on the fact that there is no strong opposition party at the moment.
Even if there is a lower house election this year or next year, that wouldn’t be the only variable to change everthing. That would just be one step.
At this point I would say the status quo is quite secure in the national government.”
In light of the Japanese Prime Ministers resignation, Osaka prefecture’s governor and mayor have insisted that the departure should not ‘derail’ plans to introduce and develop casino resorts in the East Asian nation.