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More and more municipalities in Japan are considering placing a bet on casinos following the enactment of a law last year that spelled out a raft of rules on the structure of the nation's planned integrated resorts (IR), nomenclature for casinos.

Land minister Kazuyoshi Akaba told a news conference last month that eight jurisdictions have answered a central government survey saying that they are interested in hosting such resorts, some going so far as to say they are officially preparing to file applications.