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Osaka completes interim IR plan

On August 31, the prefectural and city governments of Osaka unveiled their “Interim Framework Plan” for constructing an IR at Yumeshima, a manmade island in Osaka Bay.

The plan speaks of creating an “IR for the highest level of growth in the world,” and it puts heavy emphasis on the employment of high technology. This includes the notion that information technology can overcome problems like gambling addiction by allowing the authorities to quickly identify those who should be excluded from the casino.

The Osaka government would like to have chosen its Yumeshima IR operator by the end of 2019 and to open the doors of the facility by 2023 or 2024.

Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui urged the national government not to delay the legislative process: “This is a message to please pass the IR Implementation Bill in this autumn’s Diet session. For our part here in Osaka, all of our preparations are completed.

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