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Japan's ruling parties agree on ¥6,000 casino entry fee, but foreign tourists would be exempt

JIJI, Kyodo

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, have adopted a plan to set the nation’s casino entry fee to ¥6,000 per visit for residents of Japan.

The decision came Tuesday as the parties concluded negotiations on a bill that allows for the establishment of integrated resorts including casinos.

The plan calls for foreign tourists to be exempt from the fee, but foreign residents of Japan would have to pay.

The government will introduce the bill to the Diet with the aim of having it enacted during the ongoing session set to end on June 20.

But it remains to be seen whether the bill can pass, as opposition parties still oppose the legislation, claiming it will create more gambling addicts.

Before agreeing to compromise on the fee, Komeito called for the central government to collect ¥8,000 per visit, similar to the fee charged in Singapore, while the LDP proposed ¥5,000 to make casinos more accessible, which they said would provide greater benefit to local economies.

During their negotiations, the ruling parties also agreed to build casinos at three locations, to allow Japanese nationals to visit the facilities three times a week for a total of 10 times a month, to limit floor space to 3 percent of the total floor space of integrated resort facilities and to collect a 30 percent tax on revenues generated by the resorts.