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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

December 6, 2016 (PM)

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This video's audio is a provisional translation through live simultaneous interpretation.

Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]

Q&As

REPORTER: I have a question regarding the integrated resort (IR) promotion bill (Bill on Promoting Setting up Specified Integrated Tourism Facilities Areas). A short while ago, the IR bill that encourages the Government to develop IRs that include casinos was passed by a majority vote by the House of Representatives. While the bill was not submitted by the Cabinet, can you once again share the Government’s views regarding the bill’s passage by the House of Representatives?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: The IR promotion bill will continue to be deliberated at the House of Councillors, and therefore, the Government will closely follow the deliberations at the Diet. Japan seeks to become a tourism-oriented country, and in this regard, IRs are expected to help revitalize tourism, the regions of Japan, and industries. 

REPORTER: I have a related question. Members of the ruling party Komeito were allowed to vote their conscience. As a result, some members including Secretary General Inoue voted against the bill. Some members of the Liberal Democratic Party are also advocating against the bill. What are your thoughts in this regard?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: I understand that Komeito allowed its members to vote their conscience, so I believe this is to be expected so to speak.

REPORTER: A related question. Some members of the opposition parties are criticizing the short duration of the deliberations regarding the IR bill. As I recall, you previously wished for adequate deliberations to take place, also from the perspective of Japan as a tourism-oriented country. What are your comments looking back on the deliberations?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: The Diet committee decides on matters regarding the deliberations. I understand that the decision was made based on an agreement reached among the members of the Diet. Therefore, I would like to refrain from making comments on behalf of the Government. 

(Abridged)

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