• Bloomberg


The March 11 disasters may achieve what Las Vegas magnate Sheldon Adelson has been trying to do for years: persuade the government to allow casinos.

Adelson, chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., has for at least half a decade sought to reverse a ban on gambling in Japan, only to be blocked by Diet members arguing that casinos would fuel organized crime and provide little benefit. Now, a group of 150 lawmakers is considering a bill that could allow resorts that combine slot machines and gambling tables with hotels, shops and restaurants.

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