Japan LDP lawmaker says aims to start casino bill debate this month

TOKYO Wed May 14, 2014 9:41pm EDT

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TOKYO May 15 (Reuters) - A key member of a group of Japanese lawmakers aiming to legalise casinos said on Friday he was working hard to start debate on a bill in parliament this month, but he stopped short of guaranteeing its passage during the current session ending in June.

Takeshi Iwaya, a casino proponent and member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, told a gathering of gaming executives in Tokyo that he was still working to gain the support of lawmakers from the New Komeito and Democratic Party. (Reporting by Nathan Layne; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

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