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.
Japan has been stung by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister - whose predecessor resigned over allegations of misspending - admitted that his staff had spent office money at a sex bar. (The Guardian)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)