Japan delays introduction of IR Basic Policy. Government officials in Japan have stated that the timeline for drafting the Basic Policy, which will stipulate the Integrated Resort (IR) selection criteria, is now up in the air.
Originally the government had intended to draft the Basic Policy before July 26. Nonetheless, because the Basic Policy would now include the implementation of countermeasures for COVID-19, the government is continuing with caution and has found the timing of the policy announcement to be “undecided.”
The government is maintaining its goal of opening the nation’s first IR in the mid-2020s as a catalyst for increasing visitation to Japan as the pillar of the country’s growth strategy.
That goal may already conflict with the plans of local officials, with Osaka having already abandoned its original ambition of opening an IR prior to the 2025 Osaka-Kansai Japan Expo, saying there is not enough time. Now, the fact is that there is officially no set schedule for drafting the IR Basic Policy.
The original expectation was that the policy would be announced in January of this year, based on the Basic Policy proposal, which was published in November 2019.
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