Japan plans to set up a new unit to look at setting up integrated resort facilities featuring casinos in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the top government spokesman said Friday.
Officials from various government agencies will come together to work on the matter, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a regular press conference.
Last December, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the Japan Restoration Party and the People's Life Party submitted a bill to the Diet urging the government to build integrated resort facilities in Japan.
The Japanese Bankers Association said Thursday the banking industry will launch a settlement system to allow instant fund transfers between banks 24 hours a day all year round in Japan from 2018. (Jiji Press)
The Chiba Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of "kiken" quasi-legal drugs. (Japan Times)
Heavy snow caused a power outage along parts of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line for about six hours on Sunday morning, leaving some 300 passengers trapped in a bullet train for 2½ hours near the mountainous southern border of Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Times)