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Japan wants in on casino action

Even small cities are pushing to get one of the coveted licences to spur local economies, report NATHAN LAYNE and JUNKO FUJITA

[OTARU/SASEBO] AGEING and shrinking, Japan's country towns want to gamble away their economic and demographic woes. With lawmakers planning to submit legislation soon to open Japan to casino gambling, likely in time for the 2020 Olympics, several small cities, hot spring towns and tourist