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article Japan to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Osaka and four other prefectures
(4/7/2020)
(Japan) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Monday that he will declare a state of emergency on Tuesday 7 April 2020 based on Japan’s Special Measures Law in...
article Nagasaki Prefecture publishes Kyushu-Nagasaki IR Basic Concept as RFP process nears
(4/7/2020)
(Japan) -- Nagasaki prefecture published on Monday the Kyushu-Nagasaki IR Basic Concept and overview as it edges closer to selecting its operator partner. The basic...
article Japan State of Emergency Declarations Likely to Impact Tokyo, Osaka Casino Timelines
(4/6/2020)
(Japan) -- Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to declare state of emergencies for several major cities including Tokyo and Osaka due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
article Coronavirus casts shadow over Japan's timeline for casino resorts
(4/1/2020)
(Japan) -- With the Diet focused on responding to the worsening spread of COVID-19, the timeline for the central government to approve the nation’s first casino...
article Wakayama launches operator recruitment process
(3/30/2020)
(Japan) -- Wakayama prefecture announced on Monday that the guidelines for IR operators as part of its bid have been published and that it will now begin the recruitment...
article Osaka puts back RFP deadline by three months
(3/29/2020)
(Japan) -- Osaka prefecture said on Friday that a key phase in the city’s effort on a possible casino resort would be put back by three months. The Osaka...
article Yokohama Is Setting Aside $3.6 Million for Integrated Resort Plans
(3/25/2020)
(Japan) -- Japan’s second-largest city behind Tokyo is competing with several other large metropolitan areas, including the capitol city and Osaka, to become home...
article Yokohama votes US$3.6mln for casino resort promotion
(3/24/2020)
(Japan) -- A plenary session of Yokohama city council voted on Tuesday to allocate JPY400 million (US$3.6 million) for the metropolis’ effort to get a casino...
article Japan’s COVID-19 Outbreak Won’t Stop Integrated Resorts
(3/22/2020)
(Japan) -- With the world bracing for the next recession and governments shutting down completely in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, Japan has...
article Local council in Nagasaki claims IR briefings are insufficient
(3/16/2020)
(Japan) -- In light of Nagasaki prefecture and Sasebo city’s efforts to develop an IR at Huis Ten Bosch, the Egami area local joint council – a locality...
article Yokohama authorities unveil draft IR implementation policy
(3/12/2020)
(Japan) -- Authorities in the Japanese city of Yokohama (pictured) disclosed on Thursday a draft outline for the city’s integrated resort (IR) implementation...
article Japan MP’s arrest stokes doubts over casino vision
(3/8/2020)
(Japan) -- When Hiroyuki Minakami heard that a leading MP for Japan’s ruling party had been arrested on suspicion of taking bribes from a Chinese gaming company,...
article Japan's casino bribery scandal deals Abe a tough hand
(2/24/2020)
(Japan) -- A few hundred meters from the constituency office of Japan's top government spokesman, a group of about 150 Yokohama residents braved the rain to protest...
article Atlantic City blues or Macao boom: Casino lessons for Japan
(2/23/2020)
(Japan) -- Atlantic City went from a casino boom town to a cautionary tale. Macao and Singapore, meanwhile, continue to reap billions of dollars in investment in...
article MGM Resorts' Chances for a Casino License in Japan Just Got a Major Boost
(2/23/2020)
(Japan) -- It looks like MGM Resorts is the last man standing in the bid to win a casino license in Osaka, Japan, after Genting Singapore dropped out of the race. While...
article Wakayama publishes IR implementation policy draft
(2/21/2020)
(Japan) -- Wakayama prefecture, which has announced its IR bid, published its implementation policy draft on Thursday, including the criteria for operators. This is the...
article Gambling addiction may be covered by Japan public health scheme
(2/20/2020)
(Japan) -- The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare recently received a list of proposals for various public health insurance treatments, which included group...
article Japan to offer public health insurance for problem gambling
(2/20/2020)
(Japan) -- As Japanese lawmakers tackle the issue of legalized casinos and integrated resorts, a subject that has been mired in controversy and allegations of bribery,...
article Akimoto says was not bribed by Japan IR lobbyists
(2/17/2020)
(Japan) -- Japanese politician Tsukasa Akimoto - charged on two occasions recently with bribery but released on bail last week regarding alleged payments from a Chinese...
article Osaka selects MGM Resorts as its IR partner
(2/16/2020)
(Japan) -- After years of speculation, analysis, controversy and bidding, the process of licencing the Japanese Integrated Resort (IR) finally gets down to some tough...
article Lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto claims innocence in casino bribery cases
(2/15/2020)
(Japan) -- A lawmaker charged with bribery asserted his innocence on Friday, saying he did not take any bribes from a Chinese company interested in Japan’s nascent...
article MGM Resorts-led syndicate expected to win Osaka Casino Project
(2/15/2020)
(Japan) -- Earlier on Friday, the 14th of February 2020, the Japanese Government had issued a statement saying that a consortium led by the US entertainment industry...
article MGM Resorts now last man standing in Osaka after rivals fail to submit qualified bids
(2/14/2020)
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts appears to be the last man standing to develop an integrated resort in Osaka after the Osaka Prefectural Government announced on Friday that the...
article MGM Resorts-Led Consortium Named as Lead Bidder for Osaka Casino Project
(2/14/2020)
(Japan) -- A consortium led by U.S. entertainment giant MGM Resorts International has been named as the lead bidder for an integrated casino complex in Osaka, the local...
article Lawmaker claims innocence in casino bribery cases
(2/14/2020)
(Japan) -- A Japanese lawmaker charged with bribery asserted his innocence on Friday, saying he did not take any bribes from a Chinese company interested in Japan's...
article Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, indicted for casino bribery, released on bail
(2/13/2020)
(Japan) -- Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, who was indicted on charges of taking bribes from a Chinese company interested in entering Japan’s nascent casino...
article Japan gambles on casinos to fix its economic woes
(2/12/2020)
(Japan) -- By the end of the 2020s, large-scale casinos will arrive in Japan where gambling is strictly prohibited by law and not favoured in opinion polls. There is...
article Japanese lawmaker indicted for casino bribery released on bail
(2/12/2020)
(Japan) -- A Japanese lawmaker who was indicted on charges of taking bribes from a Chinese company interested in entering Japan’s nascent casino market was released...
article Court sets bail for Japanese lawmaker held over casino bribery case at 30 mil. yen
(2/9/2020)
(Japan) -- A Japanese lawmaker charged with taking bribes from a Chinese firm, which was seeking to open a casino resort in Japan, was granted bail on Feb. 10, with the...
article Genting Singapore shareholders back firm’s Japanese casino initiative
(2/6/2020)
(Japan) -- Shareholders for the Genting Singapore subsidiary of Asian gambling giant Genting Malaysia Berhad have reportedly overwhelmingly voted to support the firm...
article Lawmaker indicted again for corruption over casino
(2/4/2020)
(Japan) -- Tokyo prosecutors have indicted a Japanese lawmaker for a second time on charges of accepting bribes involving casino resorts. Tsukasa Akimoto was indicted on...
article Japan lawmaker at center of casino bribery probe indicted on new charge
(2/3/2020)
(Japan) -- A lawmaker at the heart of a bribery scandal involving a Chinese gambling operator seeking to enter Japan’s forthcoming casino market was indicted...
article Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office indicts Tsukasa Akimoto for third time on additional bribery charges
(2/3/2020)
(Japan) -- The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office indicted member of the House of Representatives, Tsukasa Akimoto, on Monday on additional bribery charges,...
article Nagasaki to hold IR operator interviews this month
(2/3/2020)
(Japan) -- Nagasaki prefecture and Sasebo city have announced that they will conduct interviews with candidate IR operators later this month, on 21 and 22 February, with...
article Japan Gaming Congress to become part of ICE Asia
(2/3/2020)
(Japan) -- The Japan Gaming Congress will no longer be held in Tokyo this year, with organizer Clarion Events announcing on Monday that the annual conference will...
article 1st IR Expo in Yokohama attracts 10,000 visitors
(1/31/2020)
(Japan) -- Despite a politely conducted protest held outside PACIFICO Yokohama on Wednesday and a speech by Deputy Governor Toshihide Hirahara being briefly interrupted...
article Galaxy Entertainment Japan seeking “license from society” to develop Yokohama IR
(1/31/2020)
(Japan) -- Galaxy Entertainment Japan has stressed the importance it places on partnering with the local community, while emphasizing the benefits of its strong...
article Kitakyushu No Longer Wants To Vie for Japanese Casino License
(1/31/2020)
(Japan) -- Kitakyushu is the latest city in Japan to drop out of the intense competition to land one of three gaming licenses to be awarded by the national government.
article Glancy Prongay & Murray Reminds Investors of Looming Deadline in the Class Action Lawsuit Against 500.com Limited
(1/30/2020)
(Japan) -- Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP ("GPM") reminds investors of the upcoming March 16, 2020 deadline to file a lead plaintiff motion in the class...
article Yokohama Deputy Mayor Hirahara Sees Integrated Resort as Key to Lifting Tourism, Revenue
(1/30/2020)
(Japan) -- Yokohama Deputy Mayor Toshihide Hirahara said an integrated resort will drive new tourism to Japan’s second-largest city and bolster tax revenue.
article Casino operators remain bullish in Japan despite bribery arrest
(1/29/2020)
(Japan) -- Casino operators hoping to become first movers in Japan are putting on an optimistic front, despite the postponement of the release of a regulatory framework...
article Casino operators woo wary Japanese public after bribery scandal
(1/29/2020)
(Japan) -- Global casino operators sought to win over a wary Japanese public at an exhibition on Wednesday in the city of Yokohama, after the arrest of a ruling party...
article Hong Kong's Melco Cooperating With Japan Casino Bribery Probe-Source
(1/29/2020)
(Japan) -- Hong Kong casino operator Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd is cooperating with Japanese prosecutors in a widening bribery investigation of a senior...
article Sega Sammy Holdings Incorporated selects Yokohama casino race partner
(1/29/2020)
(Japan) -- In Japan and local pachinko innovator, Sega Sammy Holdings Incorporated, has reportedly inked a deal that could see British architecture firm Foster and...
article Abe nixes probe into casino scandal, evasive on other issues
(1/27/2020)
(Japan) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dismissed opposition calls for an investigation into suspicions that overseas casino operators had sought to influence key officials...
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COVID-19

article New dates for 2021 Tokyo Olympics confirmed
(3/30/2020)
(Japan) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Government of Japan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Organizing Committee of the Games agreed on new...
1 Article on this Issue

Blockchain Technology

article Japanese group publishes guidelines for blockchain iGaming
(3/26/2020)
(Japan) -- Gambling in Japan is still a tricky thing to do. Integrated Resorts look like they’re years away, and learning how to play pachinko isn’t for...
1 Article on this Issue

Global Gaming Expo (G2E)

article Casino supplier calls for new G2E Asia postponement
(3/25/2020)
(Japan) -- The gambling industry’s conference season has been savaged by COVID-19. Gatherings of hundreds or thousands of people right now are just unwise, and...
1 Article on this Issue

Mohegan Sun

article Mohegan Sun still interested in building IR in Japan
(3/22/2020)
(Japan) -- While the gambling industry waits to see how, and when, Japan’s integrated resort (IR) scene develops, a small handful of casino operators have already...
1 Article on this Issue

MGM Resorts

article MGM Japan to sponsor Osaka Evessa pro basketball team
(1/31/2020)
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts Japan has announced that it is now an official platinum partner of Osaka Evessa, which plays in Japan’s professional basketball League....
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Casino Drive Dies In Japan At Age 14
(3/4/2020)
(Japan) -- Casino Drive, a Grade 2 winner and member of one of the Thoroughbred breed's most successful family trees, died on Aug. 5, 2019, per Japan's stud book...
article Bloomberry boss Razon reveals major concerns over Japan’s lack of IR clarity
(3/3/2020)
(Japan) -- Bloomberry Resorts Corp Chairman and CEO Enrique Razon Jr says the lack of clarity over locations and regulations, and escalating IR cost estimates, should...
article Betting Boom Expected for the Japan 2020 Olympics
(2/26/2020)
(Japan) -- The Japan 2020 Olympics, held in its capital Tokyo, will run from July 24th to August 9th. With over 11,000 athletes ready to compete. The games are expected...
article Japan lawmaker indicted on new casino-related bribery charge
(2/2/2020)
(Japan) -- A Japanese lawmaker allegedly at the heart of a bribery scandal involving a Chinese gambling operator seeking to enter Japan's new casino market was...
article Ainu minority to file suit for fishing rights in northern Japan
(1/12/2020)
(Japan) -- A group of Ainu, an ethnic minority in northern Japan, is set to file a lawsuit against the state to confirm indigenous rights to fishing salmon in rivers,...
article Japan's Casino Regulatory Commission Holds 1st Meeting
(1/10/2020)
(Japan) -- The Japanese government's Casino Regulatory Commission held its first meeting on Friday, amid a high-profile bribery scandal related to casino-featuring...
article Jomon revival: Interest in Japan’s indigenous hunter-gatherers grows
(12/29/2019)
(Japan) -- From his hilltop studio in the suburbs of Tokyo, Taku Oshima is reviving an ancient form of body art tradition he believes was practiced by the indigenous...
article Japan looks to Nevada as it considers gaming regulations
(12/23/2019)
(Japan) -- Earlier this month, former Nevada Gaming Control Board chair Becky Harris found herself a long way from home. Harris, along with Cooper Levenson attorney...
article Japan Casino Proposition Isn't Looking So Great After All
(12/19/2019)
(Japan) -- Casino executives who have long salivated over Japan as a potential $20 billion gaming market are beginning to question whether that jackpot is worth all the...
article Wakayama Prefecture releases updated casino timetable plans
(12/12/2019)
(Japan) -- In Japan and the government for Wakayama Prefecture has reportedly announced that it is hopeful of being able to announce the preferred operator for its...
article Japan builds 'Ethnic Harmony' tribute to indigenous Ainu
(10/29/2019)
(Japan) -- On a wooded lake shore in northern Japan, the government is building a modernist shrine (pictured below) that has divided the indigenous Ainu community whose...
article Japan Presents Both Opportunities and Risk for Casino Companies
(10/5/2019)
(Japan) -- Japan has been the next great gambling market for about a decade now, and casino operators are jockeying their way to win a concession there. Companies like...
article Twin Announces Japanese iGaming Extension After Partnering With Ganapati
(10/5/2019)
(Japan) -- Since announcing a new partnership with online casino content creator Ganapati, online casino operator Twin has announced an extension of its igaming bid. The...
article Wales assistant rugby coach sent home over betting case
(9/18/2019)
(Japan) -- Wales assistant coach Rob Howley has been sent home from the Rugby World Cup in Japan over a potential breach of betting rules.
article Las Vegas Sands, withdraws IR plans from Osaka and chooses Yokohama, Tokyo
(8/26/2019)
(Japan) -- In a surprising announcement, Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS) communicated its intentions to abandon plans for the development of an integrated complex in the city...
article Donaco completes board renewal process with appointment Aruze’s Yugo Kinoshita
(8/17/2019)
(Japan) -- Donaco International Limited has added a third new board member in as many days with the appointment of Yugo Kinoshita, the Global Chief Executive Officer of...
article Galaxy Entertainment Group sponsors inaugural Galaxy Entertainment EuroJapan Cup as Manchester City beat Yokohama F. Marinos
(7/29/2019)
(Japan) -- The Galaxy Entertainment EuroJapan Cup 2019 took place on Saturday, with English champions Manchester City beating Yokohama F. Marinos 3-1 in front of 65,052...
article Kobe Airport marked for internationalization
(6/4/2019)
(Japan) -- Moves are afoot to change regulations in order to make Kobe Airport—one of the three airports in the Kansai region—into an International airport, taking some...
article Trouble Ahead for Japan IRs?
(5/27/2019)
(Japan) -- Government stalling on about gaming regulations, a possible shortage of domestic workers and the proposed five-year license terms for IR operators all are...
article MGM wants Osaka to become a global foodie destination
(5/20/2019)
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts is planning to hold an annual food roadshow, placing Osaka as “the food capital of the world” should it win a license to operate an IR in the city.

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