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The new mayor of Yokohama on Friday announced the withdrawal of the city’s bid to host a casino resort, citing local concerns about gambling addiction and impacts on public safety.

Takeharu Yamanaka, who was elected last month on an anti-casino platform with backing from opposition parties, said in his first policy speech at the local assembly that the municipal government will immediately halt the ongoing process of bidding for a so-called integrated resort — facilities that comprise casinos, hotels and shopping facilities.

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