Let The Games Begin: For Japan, legalizing casinos may have been the easy part Muhammad Cohen, Inside Asian Gaming · September 3, 2018 at 5:04 pm Passage of Japan’s Integrated Resort Implementation Bill in July culminated more than a decade of effort to legalize casinos in the world’s third largest economy. That might have been the easy part. Now Japan has to put flesh on the bones of thousands of regulations to govern a nascent industry that virtually every current and would-be casino operator on earth wants a piece of and a decisive majority of citizens appear to oppose. The bill passage hands stakeholders – actual and aspiring – a lengthy to-do list featuring key next steps, including tough decisions long put off until Japan actually approved IRs. “Now that we have a real law, everything we do on a daily basis has real consequences,” MGM Resorts Japan CEO Ed Bowers says.