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AGA says US casino industry can support Japan

The president of the American Gaming Association said the U.S. casino industry  could provide assistance and experience to Japan once a ban on casinos is lifted. 

Geoff Freeman said in a briefing with Japanese media that “We can be helpful by providing information and experiences,” the Japan Times reported.

Freeman said unlocking Japan’s casino industry will provide support to the economy. The AGA estimates the $240 billion U.S. casino industry supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states.

The Japanese casino law has been met with opposition and faced delays as pro-casino lawmakers struggle to gain enough support in the ruling coalition.

Freeman said concerns over the anti-social impact of gambling are “reasonable,” but that only 1 percent of the population have gambling problems, he added.

The Japanese government’s aim to set up casinos as part of integrated resorts “can provide not only gaming experience but also high-end experience like night life and entertainment,” Freeman was quoted as saying by the Japan Times.



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