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The list of regions battling for a coveted spot for the development of casino resorts ranges from Osaka to Hokkaido. And you can add Mickey Mouse’s neighborhood to the list of possibilities.

Chiba Prefecture, home to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, is gaining attention, with proponents citing the area’s convention centers and Japan’s largest airport as selling points. While the area’s supporters, mostly a group of small local businesses, say strong resident support gives it an edge over high-profile destinations such as Yokohama, the local government has yet to come on board.

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