Agence France-PresseJune 8, 2013 23:41
A group of Japanese lawmakers are close to hitting the jackpot in their bid to legalise casinos, betting the revenue bonanza could challenge Macau for the title of global gaming powerhouse.
A bill is to be submitted to parliament later this year that, if passed, would pave the way for tie-ups with big name firms to build casinos across the country, said a senior Japanese lawmaker heading the push.
"Japan may be the only developed country without casinos. But we are sprinting to the finish line," Takeshi Iwaya told AFP in an interview.