Japan lawmakers to submit casino legalization bill by end-March

March 24, 2015 6:55 AM

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Japan lawmakers to submit casino legalization bill by end-March

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's pro-casino lawmakers said on Tuesday that they will resubmit by the end of this month a failed bill to legalize gambling at so-called "integrated resorts", hoping to finally pass the controversial law this year.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promoted casinos as part of his economic growth program, but many lawmakers including some in the ruling coalition oppose it on fears it could lead to more gambling addiction and other social ills.

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