Casino operators push back against Japan regulation prospects

TOKYO (Reuters) - Foreign casino operators are pushing back against moves to regulate the proposed introduction of big-ticket gambling in Japan, an early sign of friction for projects expected to generate billions of dollars for the country and the global gambling industry.

Japan voted late last year to legalize casinos but specifics are still being hammered out to include in legislation on regulating proposed integrated resorts - facilities hosting casinos, hotels and conference space.

A key advisory panel on Monday held its final meeting on the rules, proposing a limit on casino floor space and curbs on entry by Japanese nationals. The panel is expected to submit its proposals to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe within days.

The prospect of casino gambling is unpopular in Japan, given worries about gambling addiction and a potential increase in underground activities. As a result, foreign casino operators have been cautious against speaking out against specific rules.

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