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Tokyo and four prefectural governments delivered a petition to the national government Thursday calling for a ban on casinos to be lifted, saying it would generate income and create jobs amid the nationwide economic slump.

Osaka Gov. Fusae Ohta and officials of the Tokyo, Shizuoka, Wakayama and Miyazaki governments handed the petition to Yoshitada Konoike, state minister in charge of crisis prevention and special deregulation zones.

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