Japan lawmakers ponder powering up casino bill via obscure parliamentary panel

March 11, 2015 10:11 AM

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Japan lawmakers ponder powering up casino bill via obscure parliamentary panel

TOKYO (Reuters) - Die-hard proponents of legalized casinos in Japan are considering a last-ditch effort to get their bill passed - by the obscure route of a parliamentary committee that handles matters like the removal of power poles.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promoted casinos as part of his economic growth program. But strong opposition from some quarters and a press of priority legislation have essentially doomed the bill's passage in the session scheduled to end in late June.

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