Backlash in Osaka as ‘Dream Island’ leads race to open Japan’s first casino

Concerns raised over development costs for ‘integrated resort’, as well as crime and gambling addiction

The focus of Japan’s quest to open its first casino is a human-made island in Osaka that, if the city’s government gets its way, will end decades of wrangling over the country’s fraught relationship with poker tables and slot machines.

On a recent weekday morning there was little to suggest that Yumeshima – “Dream Island” – could, by the end of the decade, be the site of an unprecedented experiment with gambling in the world’s third biggest economy.

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