Japan’s Upper House Approves Kitamura’s Appointment As The First Chairman of The Casino Administration Committee

Japan’s Upper House Approves Kitamura’s Appointment As The First Chairman of The Casino Administration Committee

Michio Kitamura is now officially the first chairman of Japan’s Casino Administration Committee. The country’s upper house approved by a majority, the appointment of Kitamura as the committee’s chairman.

Last month, the Japanese government nominated members to the Casino Management Committee, the regulatory body tasked with monitoring the licensing of Integrated resorts in Japan.

Defense Director of Japan’s Ministry of Defense, Michio Kitamura, was nominated as Chairman of the Committee. The former head of the Nagoya Regional Taxation BureauHiroyuki Kane, psychiatrist Michiko Watanabe, Keio University special professor Noriko Endo, and former police chief director Kenji Higuchi have also been nominated along with Kitamura.

Recently, Japan confirmed the dates for the application of IR certification. The Japanese government will accept applications from January 4 to January 30, 2021.

Currently, there are eight areas in Japan that are contesting to host a casino in the country. The city of Chiba, Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, a combined effort by Osaka Prefecture and the city of Osaka, Wakayama Prefecture and Nagasaki Prefecture are in the race.

Hokkaido which was earlier planning to host a casino has pulled out. Last week, Hokkaido governor Naomichi Suzuki confirmed that they would not be contending to host a casino citing environmental concerns.

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