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Japan’s ruling parties have abandoned a plan to seek passage during the current Diet session through Nov. 30 of a bill to repeal a ban on casinos, due mainly to inadequate time for deliberations, a senior Liberal Democratic Party member said Friday.

The ruling camp will now try to pass the bill aimed at boosting tourism to Japan during the next ordinary Diet session beginning in early 2015.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had sought early passage of the casino bill as a pillar of Japan’s growth strategy. But Komeito, the junior partner in the ruling coalition headed by Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, has been cautious about the legislation.

Komeito Secretary General Yoshihisa Inoue has said Japan should pursue economic revitalization without depending on gambling.

The bill to promote the creation of integrated resort facilities featuring casinos was originally compiled by a nonpartisan group of lawmakers and submitted to the Diet in December 2013 by the LDP, the opposition People’s Life Party and the predecessor of the Japan Innovation Party.

In October, the nonpartisan group agreed to revise the bill by tightening conditions for Japanese nationals to enter casinos, in an effort to alleviate worries about a deterioration in public safety and fueling addiction to gambling.

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