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The Macau Metro Monitor, July 1st, 2010

SUMO AND JAPAN'S POROUS GAMBLING BAN WSJ.com

Many governing officials in Japan have expressed interest in building a casino as talks of a potential bill to legalize casinos this fall rev up. For example, earlier this year, the Osaka governor visited casinos in South Korea and Singapore as part of his campaign to build one in Osaka.  Also, the Chiba governor has proposed building a casino next to Narita International Airport.

There are concerns that legalizing casinos would hamper a Meiji way of life--healthy work ethic. But Katsuaki Ishii, a manager promoting the airport-area casino told Japan Real Time that the casino would only be open to foreigners so “it won’t affect Japanese.”