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Japan’s casino plans can take pointers from Macau, Singapore

The Japan Gaming Congress held earlier this month was the first major conference to bring together all the potential players since a bill was passed in December toward licensing casinos in the country.

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11/15/2017

article Caesars Goes All in on Japan With Plans for Two Resort Concepts
(Japan) -- Caesars Entertainment (CZR - Get Report) wants to make a big bet on Japan. A year after the country of 127 million people legalized casino gambling, Caesars...
article Nagasaki to conduct RFI
(Japan) -- The casino industry is set to take over Japan in the near future and Nagasaki wants to host its own integrated resort. That’s why the prefecture is set...

11/9/2017

article Nevada casino mobster tussles offer Japan lessons: UNLV
(Japan) -- Japan can learn from Nevada’s experience, to ensure organised crime does not infiltrate the former’s nascent casino industry, and to make sure the...

11/6/2017

article No timetable yet for Japanese casino legislation
(Japan) -- Despite being re-elected as the Prime Minister of Japan last month, Shinzo Abe (pictured) has reportedly yet to set a timetable for his government to bring...

11/5/2017

article Japan’s leisure sector offers Las Vegas casinos little relaxation
(Japan) -- A night out in Japan can swirl alluringly from karaoke bar to Michelin-starred restaurant and back to an onsen hot spring, but from a stock investor’s...

11/2/2017

article Sega Sammy Holdings Incorporated reiterates Japan casino plans
(Japan) -- In Japan, the boss for pachinko giant Sega Sammy Holdings Incorporated has reportedly reiterated his company’s desire to open an integrated casino...

11/1/2017

article Japanese lawmakers support casino legalisation
(Japan) -- A new survey carried away by Mainichi Shinbun revealed that a majority of lawmakers of the House of Representatives support the legalisation of casino...

10/30/2017

article Still likely long haul on Japan casino story: Wynn exec
(Japan) -- There is likely to be a “long process” in order to set up a Japanese casino industry even after the passage of necessary legislation, but the...

10/26/2017

article Deutsche Bank to relaunch property lending in Japan
(Japan) -- Deutsche Bank AG (DBKGn.DE) is relaunching its real estate lending business in Japan, after scaling it down post the 2008 financial crisis, as it looks to tap...
article Japan Election Results Will Now Speed Casino Bill
(Japan) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan won a landslide snap election last Sunday that assured his LDP Party and its coalition partner, Komieto, control of the...

10/22/2017

article Gaming mogul Packer retreats from Japan plans
(Japan) -- Tycoon James Packer on Monday (Oct 23) said plans for gaming empire Crown to expand into the lucrative Japanese market were "off the table" as the...
article Japan casino hopes rise on Shinzo Abe election win
(Japan) -- As Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) claimed overwhelming victory in Sunday’s general election, giving succour to those who hope for a casino...
article Packer hedges his bets on Japan casino
(Japan) -- James Packer has played down the prospects of Crown Resorts pushing for a casino licence in Japan, and warned there is risk the company is overcapitalising on...

10/19/2017

article US Casino Companies Eye Huge New Market in Japan
(Japan) -- Looking for ways to boost the economy via the tourist trade, the administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering allowing casino gambling...

10/16/2017

article Japanese Anti-IR Activists Intervene In Kinmen Referendum [sub req'd]
(Japan) -- Two Japanese activist groups opposed to the development of integrated resorts (IRs) have travelled to Taiwan’s Kinmen island to attack casino gambling...
article U.S. casino operators are lining up to open in Japan, ‘a bigger market than Las Vegas’
(Japan) -- American gambling companies are falling over themselves to win favour in Japan, where the government is preparing to allow casinos to open their doors in...

10/15/2017

article Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture Delays Unveiling of Grand Casino Plan
(Japan) -- Japan’s Wakayama prefecture will delay the announcement of its “Master Plan” for an integrated resort until March due to the forthcoming...

10/11/2017

article Melco Resorts ups Japan ties ahead of likely casino bid
(Japan) -- Asian casino operator Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd appears to be stepping up its efforts to integrate into Japan’s business and tourism sectors...

10/9/2017

article Macau casino magnate Lawrence Ho dreams of a big win with his bet on Japan
(Japan) -- For Melco Resorts & Entertainment’s chairman and chief executive, Lawrence Ho Yau-lung, next June will be crunch time for his dream to extend his...

10/6/2017

article Genting is targeting Japan
(Japan) -- According to Genting Singapore, the Japanese market has been selected as one of the targets for the Asian company. Since the Japanese Congress decided to...

10/5/2017

article David Beckham and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh help Las Vegas Sands to woo Japan
(Japan) -- It’s the stuff that isn’t about gambling that might count in the battle be among the first to build casinos in Japan. A little bit of help from...

10/4/2017

article Japan’s casino industry could offer lifeline to fading Yakuza
(Japan) -- Casino operator Las Vegas Sands trotted out Posh Spice’s husband in a bid to impress the Japanese public on Sands’ ability to build the finest zig...
article US casino giant Sands eyes $10bn resort in Japan
(Japan) -- Major casino operator Las Vegas Sands is eager to open a world-class integrated resort in Japan that focuses on exhibition halls and other non-casino...

10/3/2017

article The Odds And Perils Of Gambling Successfully On Japan's New Casinos
(Japan) -- The process of legalizing casino gaming in Japan will reportedly be completed during the ordinary Diet session in the spring of 2018. Some estimates have put...
article Over 3 million Japanese have experienced gambling addictions
(Japan) -- According to a government-commissioned report, around 3.2 million Japanese people have suffered from some form of gambling addiction at some point in their...

10/2/2017

article Beware Japanese researchers bearing problem gambling stats
(Japan) -- A new gambling addiction survey claims 3.2m Japanese citizens have trouble keeping their gambling in check, although the criteria used in the study appears to...

10/1/2017

article Macau casino scion Ho rolls dice on Japan’s foray into gambling
(Hong Kong) -- Casino magnate Lawrence Ho — son of Macau gaming legend Stanley Ho — is eyeing a major foray into Japan as he seeks to broaden his family...

9/30/2017

article Macau casino scion rolls dice on Japan venture
(Japan) -- Casino magnate Lawrence Ho — son of Macau gaming legend Stanley Ho — is eyeing a major foray into Japan as he seeks to broaden his family’s...

9/29/2017

article Gaming Mogul Lawrence Ho Convinced Huge Japanese Bet Will Pay Out
(Japan) -- Billionaire Macau casino magnate Lawrence Ho declared Japan’s nascent gaming industry to be “the most exciting market,” as the world’s...
article An estimated 3.2 million Japanese addicted to gambling
(Japan) -- Around 3.2 million Japanese have likely suffered from gambling addiction, a government survey shows, amid renewed concern about pathological gambling since a...

9/28/2017

article Gaming Mogul Lawrence Ho Convinced Huge Japanese Bet Will Pay Out
(Macau) -- Billionaire Macau casino magnate Lawrence Ho declared Japan’s nascent gaming industry to be “the most exciting market,” as the world’s...

9/26/2017

article Japanese snap election delays Integrated Resorts
(Japan) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called a snap election, postponing the country's integrated resort bill which is currently being discussed. The...

9/25/2017

article Abe snap poll likely pushes Japan casino bill to 2018
(Japan) -- Japan is to have a snap general election in late October, reported on Monday afternoon several international media outlets. At a press conference that day,...

9/23/2017

article Japan’s Integrated Casino Resort Market Should Be More Fully Liberalized, Investment Firm Morningstar Opines
(Japan) -- Japan’s forthcoming integrated casino market won’t be able to achieve its maximum revenue potential should the federal government implement...

9/22/2017

article Japan casino hype
(Japan) -- There was never intention from the beginning to implement the Integrated Resorts (IR) bill in Japan in 2017, with the attention of Japan’s government...

9/21/2017

article Development of the Japanese Gambling Industry
(Japan) -- As a rule of thumb, the gambling industry in casino venues and betting shops always guarantees big revenue to any government. It is expected to bring lots of...
article Locals curbs would dent Japan casino biz: Morningstar
(Japan) -- The commercial success of any Japanese casino resorts would in likelihood depend on local demand for gaming, says a Thursday note from investment research...

9/18/2017

article Japan Snap Election Threatens to Pigeonhole Casino Regulation Rollout
(Japan) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is mulling the idea of an October snap election in a bid to consolidate power in the Diet while opposition is weak. But...
article Snap election threatens Japan’s casino legislative progress
(Japan) -- Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is reportedly planning to call a snap election, which would almost certainly impose further delays on passage of...
article Snap Japan election would kill IR law hopes for 2017: analyst
(Japan) -- A snap general election in Japan would “all but guarantee” that enabling legislation for a Japanese casino industry – commonly referred to as the IR (...

9/13/2017

article Japan has OKed casinos. Will pachinko pave the way to gambling addiction?
(Japan) -- Every morning in suburban Japan, men and women young and old join snaking queues near train stations. At 10am, doors open and the crowd surges in, fanning out...
article Ten operators interested in Japan city
(Japan) -- Tomakomai city is considered as one of the most popular Japanese regions due to its casino development potential. The city could become host of one of the...

9/10/2017

article MGM’s Murren hints local-led, 2025 target for Japan casino
(Japan) -- A presentation in Tokyo, Japan, from James Murren, chairman of U.S. casino operator MGM Resorts International, indicated that any consortium it might work...

9/8/2017

article Steve Wynn flags three Japan cities casino candidates
(Japan) -- Casino entrepreneur Steve Wynn, currently pursuing the opportunity of a casino licence in Japan, has mentioned Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama as examples of...
article Steve Wynn names Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama as target Japanese cities
(Japan) -- Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama are the three Japanese cities in which Wynn Resorts is looking to build an integrated resort, according to Chairman and CEO Steve...

9/7/2017

article Japan to debate casino law
(Japan) -- During the current Diet Session, Japanese Congress is set to finally address a comprehensive casino proposal to approve gaming development.
article LVS’s Adelson to Tokyo, Osaka for casino update: firm
(Japan) -- Sheldon Adelson (pictured), chairman and founder of U.S.-based casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS), last week visited Tokyo and Osaka “to get an...

9/6/2017

article Japan evaluates iGaming
(Japan) -- The government of Japan is assessing another gaming proposal after the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry presented a project to legalise online...
article Suncity interested in Japan
(Japan) -- Suncity representatives revealed their interest in participating in the upcoming Japanese casino market. One of Macau’s most renowned junket operator...

9/5/2017

article Sheldon Adelson Shows Japan He’s Serious About Las Vegas Sands IR Bid with Personal Visit
(Japan) -- Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson was in Tokyo and Osaka last week to get the inside scoop on Japan’s forthcoming integrated casino resort...
article The picture that shows just how amazing Japan’s new casino resorts could be
(Japan) -- A digital illustration of a potential integrated casino resort in Yumeshima has got the industry buzzing about the potential of new resorts in Japan.

9/4/2017

article Adelson questions Japan’s IR project
(Japan) -- The casino industry is almost ready to be developed in Japan as the local lawmakers and government work on how they’ll regulate integrated resorts (IR)...

9/3/2017

article Let’s discuss casino resort sites in Japan
(Japan) -- As the Diet prepares to debate the structure of integrated casino resorts this autumn, competition in Osaka and neighboring Wakayama to win the rights to host...

9/1/2017

article Japan Shutting Gates on Online Horse Race Wagers in 2020
(Japan) -- Japan government officials announced its introduction to new regulations concerning online horseracing betting. The announcement promised that all online...

8/30/2017

article Competition to host Japan’s first casino resort heats up
(Japan) -- As Japanese lawmakers prepare to debate the structure of integrated casino resorts this autumn, competition in Osaka and neighboring Wakayama to win the...

8/29/2017

article Japan looks to cap online race betting amid concerns over gambling addiction
(Japan) -- The government decided Tuesday to establish a system by the end of fiscal 2022 to limit online race betting as part of efforts to combat gambling addiction....

8/28/2017

article Japanese cities compete for casino license
(Japan) -- Local cities have officially started the competition to obtain the casino license for the upcoming Japanese market. Rinku Town in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture...

8/27/2017

article 900,000 people estimated to have a Pachinko gambling disorder
(Japan) -- An estimated 900,000 people in Japan may be addicted to pachinko and pachinko slot machines, according to a national survey released on Thursday, reports The...

8/26/2017

article Competition to host Japan’s first casino resort heats up
(Japan) -- As the Diet prepares to debate the structure of integrated casino resorts this autumn, competition in Osaka and neighboring Wakayama to win the rights to host...

8/24/2017

article The tantalising goldmine that could await first-movers into Japan’s casino market
(Japan) -- The potential for casinos in Japan and the growth of Macau’s gaming markets have caused key US casino brands to set their sights on expansion across the...

8/20/2017

article Japan’s second casino hearing draws to a close in Osaka
(Japan) -- As previously reported by Casinopedia, the Japanese government’s proposal to hold a series of discussions is under way, with the country’s second...

8/19/2017

article Casino titans look for clarity as Japan begins public debate
(Japan) -- The debate over Japan’s effort to allow casinos is going public as operators, including Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas Sands and MGM Resorts...

8/18/2017

article Japan holds first of public hearings on casino policy
(Japan) -- The Japanese government on Thursday held the first public hearing to discuss the framework for the country’s nascent casino industry. The session, held...
article Ways to curb gambling’s social ills top talks at second casino hearing in Osaka
(Japan) -- The second of eight public hearings on the structure, risks, and local rewards of building integrated casino resorts took place in Osaka on Friday, with...

8/16/2017

article Casino giants look for clarity in Japan as public debate begins
(Japan) -- The debate over Japan's effort to allow casinos is going public as operators including MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp look for...

8/15/2017

article Japan sets new regulations
(Japan) -- Legislators have determined that residents participating in casino activities must be aged 20 and above. The resolution was issued this week, as authorities...
article Could Japanese Casinos Be Without Poker Rooms?
(Japan) -- Japan is surely making some people scratch their heads after reports that some officials might want traditional cash game poker to be prohibited from the...
article Japanese adult age to drop to 18 but casino ban for under 20’s to remain
(Japan) -- The Japanese government is set to submit a new bill which will replace the civil code and reduce the current age of adulthood in the country from 20 down to...

8/14/2017

article Poker could be excluded from Japan IRs
(Japan) -- Authorities have revealed several conditions of the IR Implementation Bill, which would regulate the upcoming casino sector in Japan. As the government...
article Some Clarity on Japan
(Japan) -- With the release of Japan’s report on the gaming regulations planned for its casino industry, analysts and investors have a more realistic view of a...

8/13/2017

article Japan mulls whether to allow poker at integrated resort casinos
(Japan) -- As Japan moves forward with its plan to open integrated resorts (IRs) including casinos, the question of whether to allow poker at the venues has emerged as a...
article Japanese Lawmakers Discuss Addition of Poker at Casino Floors
(Japan) -- With the Japanese Cabinet Office currently working on a second casino bill, discussions have emerged on the type of games that should be allowed at the...

8/12/2017

article Casino opponents gear up for public hearings
(Japan) -- From August 17 to August 29, nine public hearings regarding the forthcoming IR Implementation Bill will be held around the country. In both the mainstream...

8/11/2017

article Public appeal to guide a possible IR in Osaka
(Japan) -- The Kansai Association of Corporate Executives issued a public appeal earlier this week regarding the concepts that could drive the development of an...
article Japan holds anti-casino hearings
(Japan) -- Anti-casino groups in Japan will present their arguments during nine public hearings this month. Legislators have set several dates within August 17-29 to...

8/4/2017

article Inside Gaming: Japan Considers Casino Regulations, Macau Revenue Up
(Japan) -- Recent news that the World Poker Tour will be holding an event this November in Toyko comes during a week when the industry's attention had already been...

8/3/2017

article Japan Government to hold public hearings on casino industry growth
(Japan) -- Japan’s government is set to hold nine public hearings as it plans to address public concern over potential risks related to problem gambling and money...
article Officials outline regulatory framework for Japan casinos
(Japan) -- The government in Japan released a preliminary outline of regulations for the country’s upcoming integrated casino resorts (IR) on Monday. The outline...

8/2/2017

article Japan reviews the future of integrated resorts
(Japan) -- With Osaka leading the charge to develop a casino complex on its Yumeshima Island, the rest of Japan looks to begin discussing the future of the regions...
article Panel drafting Japan’s casino rules seeks to woo foreign visitors while limiting social ills
(Japan) -- A government panel formulating rules to introduce casino gambling submitted a report to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, aiming to make casinos...

8/1/2017

article Expert panel delivers casino framework report to Japan govt
(Japan) -- Japan’s Office of Integrated Resort Regime Promotion – known as the IR Promotion Secretariat – delivered on Tuesday to the Japanese...
article Japan draws up outline of IR regulations as casino operators push back
(Japan) -- Foreign casino operators are pushing back against moves to regulate proposed integrated resorts in Japan, an early sign of friction for projects expected to...

7/31/2017

article Casino operators push back against Japan regulation prospects
(Japan) -- Foreign casino operators are pushing back against moves to regulate the proposed introduction of big-ticket gambling in Japan, an early sign of friction for...
article Osaka pushes for casino resort license
(Japan) -- As the casino industry gets closer to Japan, cities’ governments are fighting to get their own license to build an integrated resort. Osaka officials...

7/29/2017

article Japan’s plans for resorts with casinos may collapse
(Japan) -- Ever since Japan’s parliament approved legislation that would establish some form of casino gambling in that country, companies worldwide began angling...

7/25/2017

article Odds of Japan Passing a Casino Bill Lengthen, as Shinzo Abe’s Approval Rating Plummets
(Japan) -- The Japan casino bill currently being drafted by the country’s National Diet might be losing support, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s...

7/23/2017

article Did Japan's Casino Dreams Just Vanish?
(Japan) -- Analysts are still debating the finer points of what Japan's nascent casino gambling market will look like, but the discussion may be a moot point. After...
article Japan's casino market offers perils as well as promise
(Japan) -- Japanese supporters of casino gambling legalization originally hoped to have "integrated resorts" open in the country in time to take advantage of...
article Kazuo Okada’s Slot Machine Manufacturing Business Loses Appeal Case Against Reuters
(Japan) -- The Japanese Supreme Court denied an appeal filed by local pachinko and slot machine manufacturer Universal Entertainment Corp. in relation to its defamation...

7/22/2017

article Japan's ingrained culture of gaming
(Japan) -- Every morning in suburban Japan, men and women young and old join snaking queues near train stations. At 10am, doors open and the crowd surges in, fanning out...

7/21/2017

article Japan’s Universal loses Supreme Court appeal
(Japan) -- The Supreme Court of Japan has rejected an appeal to hear a defamation case brought by Japan’s Universal Entertainment Corp against Reuters. The...

7/19/2017

article Japan risks jeopardizing its casino industry, analysts warn
(Japan) -- Brokerage Union Gaming has warned Japan that it risks harming its incipient casino industry by encumbering it with regulation. In a Monday note penned “...

7/18/2017

article Japan throwing casino plan under the bus with restrictive process: Analyst
(Japan) -- The Japanese government’s restrictive regulatory framework is nipping the casino industry’s full potential in the bud even before it blooms, a...

7/17/2017

article Japan risks overregulating casino process: Union Gaming
(Japan) -- Japan risks “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory” if it burdens its casino bidding process with too much and too stringent regulation, says...

7/16/2017

article Wynn Resorts Chances Of Obtaining Japanese Casino License Could Be Hurt By Okada Lawsuit
(Japan) -- International casino operators are all preparing to get a lucrative piece of the recently legalized gambling market in Japan. Gaming analysts have stated that...
article Japan to Slash Pachinko Payouts by Half as Part of Problem Gambling Review
(Japan) -- Shares in Japan’s Pachinko companies fell this week on the news that the government is planning to tighten regulations on the machines and slash payouts...

7/15/2017

article Wynn Resorts says Okada fight won’t derail Japan casino bid
(Japan) -- Casino operator Wynn Resorts is dismissing suggestions that its long-running highly public legal squabble with Kazuo Okada could jeopardize Wynn’s...

7/14/2017

article Wynn battle with Okada seen as hindrance to Japan casino bid
(Las Vegas) -- Steve Wynn’s fight with Japanese businessman Kazuo Okada may not only cost him steep legal fees. It could hamper the Las Vegas billionaire’s...
article Opinion: Japan May Cripple Its Casinos
(Japan) -- When Japan's parliament legalized casino gambling last year, it created a wave of excitement among casino operators and institutional investors.

7/13/2017

article Amid coming casino influx, Japan seeks limits on popular pachinko machines
(Japan) -- Plans by the authorities in Japan to reduce the maximum allowable winnings for pachinko machines are said to be in high gear. Pachinko is a kind of cross...
article Japan casinos expect further assessments
(Japan) -- The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) is drafting a complete analysis on the Japanese casino development in order to add...
article Japan to reduce pachinko winning limit
(Japan) -- The government of Japan is planning a reduction of gaming addiction by adding further control to current legal pachinko games. According to local newspapers,...
article The future of arcade games in Japan can be played NOW
(Japan) -- Last month we spoke about visiting one of the most historic and beautiful arcade centres ever created in Japan, and how the console market (i.e. PS4 and Xbox...

7/12/2017

article Japan to reduce pachinko winning limit
(Japan) -- The government of Japan is planning a reduction of gaming addiction by adding further control to current legal pachinko games. According to local newspapers,...
article Tomakomai launches engagement with IR operators
(Japan) -- The Tomakomai city government, on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, is reaching out to international IR operators from this month with the objective...

7/10/2017

article Tokyo Out As IR Site?
(Japan) -- As Japanese lawmakers plan for the country’s first foray into legal gaming, a defeat at the polls for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party could be a...

7/6/2017

article Ruling Party’s defeat in Tokyo could threaten Japanese casino plans
(Japan) -- The Liberal Democratic Party’s defeat in Tokyo could have a negative impact for future casino plans in the country. Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe...
article Japan casino ID checks could deter customers
(Japan) -- Japan could deter customers from its casinos if it forces gamblers to submit their social security numbers before entering, according to the head of a ruling...
article Japan Ponders 22 Percent Tax Rate as Fiscal Framework for New Casinos Emerges
(Japan) -- Future casinos in Japan will keep more of their overall gaming win than resorts in Macau. That’s according to reports that claim the country’s...

7/5/2017

article Tomakomai launches engagement with IR operators
(Japan) -- The Tomakomai city government, on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, is reaching out to international IR operators from this month with the objective...

7/4/2017

article Japan's casino market offers perils as well as promise
(Japan) -- Japanese supporters of casino gambling legalization originally hoped to have "integrated resorts" open in the country in time to take advantage of...
article Japanese cities demand fairer process
(Japan) -- Small cities in Japan have also joined the bidding process to obtain an Integrated Resort (IR) license once the government ends the legislative plans to...
article Officials sketch tax framework for Japan casinos
(Japan) -- The likely outline of taxation and duties to be imposed on a Japanese casino industry was the latest discussion topic raised by the country’s Office of...
article Strict ID Checks Risk Hurting Casinos, Japan Lawmaker Says
(Japan) -- A proposal that residents of Japan be required to give their social security number before entering a casino could severely restrict access, the leader of a...

7/3/2017

article Government to collect part of Japan casino revenue to finance steps against gambling addiction
(Japan) -- The Japanese government is considering collecting some of the revenue from the operators of casinos to be set up as part of so-called integrated resorts,...

6/29/2017

article Another Japanese city joins IR hunt
(Japan) -- The central Japanese city of Tokoname, located in Aichi Prefecture and host to the Chubu Centrair International Airport, will reportedly become the latest...
article Casino Operators Express Concern Due To Lack Of Clarity In Japan’ Integrated Resort Proposals
(Japan) -- Japanese legislators are in the process of putting together a new bill outlining the gaming regulations that will govern the newly approved casino industry....
article Japan adds proposals
(Japan) -- As legislators move forward with casino regulations, local cities are competing for gaming licenses in order to host the most expected touristic attractions...

6/26/2017

article Osaka aims at more open casino policies
(Japan) -- The debate on new gambling amendments to control the casino development in the recently-approved Japanese market keeps generating controversy. Now the...

6/25/2017

article Japan's Casinos Don't Need High Rollers
(Japan) -- Is Japan's $40 billion casino industry about to be strangled in its cradle?That's one way of looking at proposed regulations that would effectively...
article Wakayama seeks to lift itself out of obscurity with fruit, gambling
(Japan) -- In the Kansai region, known mostly for the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe, Wakayama Prefecture rarely tops the destination list of most tourists.

6/22/2017

article ID cards may be used to limit Japanese citizens’ visits to new casinos
(Japan) -- Japanese nationals and foreigners may have the number of casino visits they make restricted, according to Japanese media. Last December, the National Diet...
article Japan limits the number of visits to casinos
(Japan) -- The Japanese Government has announced that is has made plans to limit the amount of times Japanese visitors and other can enter a casino.

6/20/2017

article Casinos Will Have to Wait to Cash In on Japan
(Japan) -- Legalized casino gambling looked to be on the fast track in Japan, but now it's stuck in the slow lane. Increasingly, it seems the earliest casinos will...
article Japan considers limiting casino visits to fight gambling addiction
(Japan) -- The Japanese government plans to limit the number of times Japanese visitors and others can enter casinos by requiring them to show their My Number...

6/19/2017

article More details emerge concerning coming Japanese casinos
(Japan) -- In Japan, more information concerning the specific rules and guidelines that could govern the nation’s coming integrated casino resorts has reportedly...

6/18/2017

article Time For Japan To Ante Up On Casino Legalization
(Japan) -- Last month’s Japan Gaming Congress in Tokyo was fantastic in every sense of the word. Ticket sales were cut off at 500, and I gave my opening remarks as...

6/16/2017

article Japan casino bill moves forward
(Japan) -- Although the problem gambling legislation has not been evaluated yet, Japan Experts’ Committee has gathered this week to assess the next step towards...
article Japan Considers Banning VIP Junket Operators from Its Fledgling Casino Industry
(Japan) -- As Japan moves forward in the early stages of building its own casino gaming industry, the country is considering disallowing the use of VIP junket operators...

6/15/2017

article How Japan's Bet on Asian Casino Boom May Play Out: QuickTake Q&A
(Japan) -- Japan legalized casino gambling last year, but key questions remain unanswered. Where, how many casinos, and who’ll operate them will be decided after...
article Japan May Ban Junket Operators from Future Casino Resorts
(Japan) -- As Japanese legislators are moving forward with crafting the Integrated Resort Implementation Bill, new details have emerged about the way the country’s...
article Japan one step closer to IR casino legislation
(Japan) -- The Experts’ Committee shaping Japan’s Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill approved several proposals on Tuesday, as the country edges...
article Report: Japan to prohibit junkets, sports betting at its casinos
(Japan) -- Japan’s legislators may prohibit or severely limit the role of junket operators in the country’s casino gambling market, according to new reports.
article Rules for future Japanese integrated casino resorts taking shape
(Japan) -- In Japan, the group of civil servants tasked with formulating the specific rules and guidelines for the nation’s coming integrated casino resorts has...

6/13/2017

article ‘Single, tightly secured’ casinos on the horizon for Japan’s IRs
(Japan) -- Despite reports that it won’t likely come up for debate until next year, Japan’s second casino legislation is steadily taking shape.

6/12/2017

article With casinos on horizon, bill to curb gambling addiction draws skepticism
(Japan) -- A childhood New Year’s holiday spent playing cards with his family planted the seeds of a gambling compulsion that ravaged decades of one man’s...
article Japan expects another bill
(Japan) -- Whilst reaching the deadline of Japan’s current Ordinary Diet Session, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is reportedly preparing a second draft...
article Japan’s gambling addiction bill could be shelved until fall or winter
(Japan) -- Set to close at the month’s end, Japan’s Ordinary Diet Session has made no significant legislative progress on preparing for integrated resorts (...

6/11/2017

article Japan’s forgotten gambling addicts stand in way of first casino
(Japan) -- A childhood New Year’s holiday spent playing cards with his family planted the seeds of a gambling compulsion that ravaged decades of one man’s...
article Suspected improper loans put Okada’s Universal leadership in peril
(Japan) -- Trouble is brewing inside Japanese gaming conglomerate Universal Entertainment Corp. as the company launches a probe into founder and chairman Kazuo Okada and...

6/10/2017

article Japan Casino Bill Expected to Implement Stringent Safeguards to Combat Problem Gambling
(Japan) -- The Japan casino law currently being drafted in the nation’s legislative body is rumored to be focusing on the best ways to prevent potential problem...

6/8/2017

article Japan's Universal accuses founder Okada of improper loan
(Japan) -- Universal Entertainment Corp (T:6425), a Japanese maker of slot machines, said on Thursday it was investigating what it suspects was an improper transfer of...
article Las Vegas Sands Corporation leads runners for Japan casino license
(Japan) -- American casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corporation has reportedly emerged as a front-runner to secure one of up to four integrated casino resort licenses that...
article Japan’s gambling addiction bill faces tight deadline
(Japan) -- A bill to counter gambling addiction in Japan might prove hard to pass during the current parliamentary session due to time constraints, according to...

6/7/2017

article Gambling Addiction Can No Longer Be Ignored in Japan's Casino Push
(Japan) -- A childhood New Year’s holiday spent playing cards with his family planted the seeds of a gambling compulsion that ravaged decades of one man’s...

6/5/2017

article Las Vegas Sands with better chances in Japan
(Japan) -- Chelsey Tam, an analyst from the independent investment research firm MorningStar, named Las Vegas Sands’ proposal as the potential winner of the...

6/4/2017

article Four Japan IRs likely, Singapore style tax: Morningstar
(Japan) -- Four so-called integrated resort (IR) casino developments – two in big cities and two in regional locations – could be permitted in Japan, says...

6/2/2017

article Japan to expect casino bill by August
(Japan) -- The Japanese cabinet of ministers are likely to present new information about the Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill by August, as it was revealed by...
article Master Plan for Japan Casinos Expected to be Unveiled in August
(Japan) -- Where the two Japan casinos will be built, how they will be taxed, who will be allowed in, and a slew of other regulatory stipulations will be revealed this...

6/1/2017

article Japanese Lawmakers to Open Public Consultation Period on Casino Bill in August
(Japan) -- The Japanese Diet will reveal details on the Integrated Resorts Implementation and announce a public consultation period no earlier than August, casino news...

5/31/2017

article License renewal system eyed for casino operators
(Japan) -- The government plans to introduce a licensing system for business operators of casinos inside integrated resorts (IRs), in which licenses must be renewed...

5/28/2017

article Macau Billionaire Says Tokyo Doesn’t Need a Casino, Favors Osaka
(Japan) -- Lawrence Ho, the billionaire owner of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd., said he favors building a casino in Osaka rather than Tokyo because there are...
article Melco Resorts favours Osaka for Japan casino: Lawrence Ho
(Japan) -- The head of Asian casino developer Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd, Lawrence Ho Yau Lung, has said he favours building a casino resort in the Japanese...
article Osaka Is Better Choice for Casino Than Tokyo: Melco's Ho
(Japan) -- Lawrence Ho, the billionaire owner of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd., said he favors building a casino in Osaka rather than Tokyo because there are...
article Why Osaka Is Melco's Top New Casino Choice
(Japan) -- Lawrence Ho, owner of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, said he favors building a casino in Osaka rather than Tokyo because there are more opportunities to...

5/27/2017

article UNLV students promote plans for Japanese resorts
(Las Vegas) -- It had to have been one of the most real-life college assignments students at UNLV’s International Gaming Institute have ever undertaken. Students...

5/24/2017

article Revival-seeking rural Japan feels left out as casino plans favor major cities
(Japan) -- Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama are emerging as likely candidates for casino resorts under the government’s new bidding framework, triggering criticism from...

5/22/2017

article Rural Japan annoyed by casino plan seen favouring big cities
(Japan) -- Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama are emerging as likely candidates for casino resorts under the Japanese government’s new bidding framework, triggering...

5/21/2017

article Japan's Big Casino Plan Provokes Fury in Rural Towns
(Japan) -- Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama are emerging as likely candidates for casino resorts under the Japanese government’s new bidding framework, triggering...
article Japan’s casino resort project narrows down three major cities
(Japan) -- As Japan legalized casino gambling late last year, the country has big plans to design a large-scale casino project in a major city. At the moment, Tokyo,...

5/19/2017

article Japan’s casino plans can take pointers from Macau, Singapore
(Japan) -- The Japan Gaming Congress held earlier this month was the first major conference to bring together all the potential players since a bill was passed in...

5/18/2017

article Japanese Cities, States Vying to Serve as Home to Country’s First Casinos
(Japan) -- Casino gambling is finally coming to Japan. The government is looking to award two licenses, which has interested Japanese cities and prefectures (their...

5/16/2017

article Casino framework needs to fit Japan market: panel
(Japan) -- Decision makers in Japan should learn from other gaming jurisdictions but create a legal framework that is appropriate for their own market, suggested on...

5/15/2017

article Japan Governor pushes for a tourist-only integrated resort
(Japan) -- Wakayama Governor Yoshinobu Nisaka has urged investors to look at developing an integrated resort in his city. Despite intense competition from other Japanese...
article Japan discusses problem gambling
(Japan) -- During last week’s Japan Gaming Congress, major representatives of the industry and the Japanese government held debates on possible control of casino...

5/14/2017

article Government crafts way to ban gambling addicts from casinos, pachinko parlors
(Japan) -- The government and the ruling parties plan to propose a system that would allow pachinko parlors and other gambling facilities to ban “serious”...
article Japanese Legislator Pushing For Foreigner Only Casinos Due To Public Concerns
(Japan) -- Japan made big news in the global gaming industry when legislators approved the gambling bill that will allow the development of Integrated Resorts (IRs) in...
article Steve Wolstenholme: The Philippines could benefit from Japan casino market
(Japan) -- Japan is creating a big buzz these past few months after its legislature has finally given the green light for the opening of a casino market in the world...
article Wakayama keen on hosting a casino resort: governor
(Japan) -- The administration from Wakayama prefecture –a place located on the southern coast of Honshu island in Japan – is determined to pursue a casino...

5/13/2017

article Japanese Gaming Company Sega Sammy Hopes to Snag Majority Ownership in Casino Resort
(Japan) -- Japan’s National Diet approved the legalization of commercial casinos last December. The bill’s passage, however, called for a second, more in-...

5/12/2017

article Government experts of Japan propose core facility requirements for integrated resorts
(Japan) -- Just a few days ago it was announced that the government of Japan was working on a new bill regarding the casino industry that would cover how new casinos...

5/11/2017

article Japan's Osaka rolls the dice on being Integrated Resort destination
(Japan) -- Osaka, the less glitzy cousin of Tokyo, is pulling out all the stops to put itself at the forefront of Japan's move to roll out integrated resorts (IRs),...
article Skill casino electronic games likely big in Japan: panel
(Japan) -- Japan’s expected casino market could be a good environment for casino electronic gaming machines that reserve a percentage of the monies returned to...

5/10/2017

article Other facilities besides casinos to be required at integrated resorts
(Japan) -- A government panel of experts proposed Wednesday that so-called integrated resorts in the country be required to have casinos and four other types of...
article “Uniquely Japanese” casinos must focus on more than gaming
(Japan) -- Japan’s new integrated resorts must feature four key components in addition to gaming in order to succeed, according to government representatives.

5/8/2017

article Global gaming industry all abuzz about Japan Gaming Congress
(Japan) -- It’s all about getting a slice of Japan’s nascent casino industry. Global gaming industry all abuzz about Japan Gaming CongressMore than 420...
article JgC close to full capacity
(Japan) -- The Japan Gaming Congress (JgC) which is being held across 10-11 May at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, is close to capacity with over 420 delegates now...

5/5/2017

article Galaxy Entertainment to Bid for Japanese Casino License
(Japan) -- Macau-based gambling operator Galaxy Entertainment has joined what is expected to be a clash of titans for a license for the nascent Japanese casino market.
article Japan bets for slots
(Japan) -- Global Market Advisors released a comprehensive analysis about the upcoming Japanese gaming market, White Paper: Japan Integrated Resorts.

5/4/2017

article Galaxy joins global race for Japanese casino licenses
(Macau) -- Galaxy Entertainment, the Macau gambling giant, has firmly entered the bidding for a Japan casino license, heating up what is already turning into a hotly...

5/3/2017

article Japan bets for slots
(Japan) -- Global Market Advisors released a comprehensive analysis about the upcoming Japanese gaming market, White Paper: Japan Integrated Resorts. As casinos have...
article Slots likely to have significant share in Japan casinos: GMA
(Japan) -- The Japanese casino market is likely to feature a sizeable slot machine segment – unlike most other major Asian markets. That is the suggestion in a...

5/2/2017

article Osaka Bets That It Can Become a Gambling Mecca in Japan
(Japan) -- This commercial city has long been second to Tokyo. Now, with Japan weighing whether to approve casino projects that could cost some $10 billion to build,...

4/25/2017

article Pachinko industry raises money for low-income students, but critics call it a marketing stunt
(Japan) -- The pachinko industry is urging customers to donate steel balls from their winnings to help put hard-up students through university. But anti-gambling...

4/21/2017

article UK, U.S. and Asian casinos look for wild card to woo Japan
(Japan) -- Back in April 2012, Hajime Satomi, the chairman and president of SEGA SAMMY Holdings Inc., took to the stage at a press conference in Miyazaki Prefecture to...

4/20/2017

article Japan is set to pass second IR bill this year
(Japan) -- The Integrated Resort Promotion Team from Japan is currently drafting a new bill, which needs to be passed before the government can review and accept bids...

4/19/2017

article How Japan's Bet on Asian Casino Boom May Play Out: QuickTake Q&A
(Japan) -- Japan legalized casino gambling last year, but key questions remain unanswered. Where, how many casinos, and who’ll operate them will be decided after...

4/17/2017

article White Paper claims Osaka Strip could challenge Las Vegas, Macau
(Japan) -- Global Market Advisors (GMA) released the executive summary to a white paper entitled, “White Paper: Japan Integrated Resorts” last Wednesday. The...
article Casino plan developed in Japan
(Japan) -- As the casino industry is ready to land in Japan, the market is assessing potential proposals to develop a globally renowned touristic attraction. Casino...

4/16/2017

article To stand a chance in Japan, casino brands need frank communication
(Japan) -- The door is technically open for casinos and integrated resorts, but potential operators still face a considerable communications challenge in winning people...

4/15/2017

article Global Casino Industry Juiced For Japan
(Japan) -- The world’s casino business sees Japan’s casino legalization as a golden opportunity and, even amid the ongoing recovery in Macau, the gaming...

4/12/2017

article Japan National Diet Expected to Focus on Social Issues Relating to Integrated Resorts Bill
(Japan) -- Japan’s National Diet is in the process of coming to terms on regulatory specifics on its recently passed integrated resorts bill, legislation that will...
article Pachinko unlikely to be a legislative focus as Japan’s IR bill takes shape
(Japan) -- Japan’s Diet already has enough on its hands with the integrated resorts bill to touch on the frameworks of pachinko and horseracing, according to...

4/11/2017

article Reinventing the Casino
(Japan) -- If Hollywood movies reflect the evolving image of casinos — think Ian Fleming’s suave James Bond to Martin Scorsese’s Las Vegas mobsters...
article Where, how of Japan casinos likely in private: analyst
(Japan) -- The policy focus publicly of the Japanese government regarding casino resorts is likely to remain on social harm mitigation, with key variables for the global...

4/10/2017

article Japan casinos to focus on tourism
(Japan) -- Japan’s anticipated casino resorts would be required to house spaces such as conference and exhibition halls under a government proposal, turning them...

4/9/2017

article Japan weighs measures against gambling addiction before casinos debut
(Japan) -- As Japan prepares for its first Las Vegas-style casino resorts, the government is considering restrictions on existing gambling establishments, including...

4/7/2017

article Japan PM Abe wants casino regulation law enacted by Q3
(Japan) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has buckled down to work on regulations that will ensure the country’s planned casinos are managed properly. Abe led...
article Japanese government revisits casino gaming legislation
(Japan) -- The Japanese government has commenced work on a second piece of legislation that sets out further regulations regarding casino gambling in the country....

4/6/2017

article Japan's casino resorts may include broader tourist amenities
(Japan) -- Japan's anticipated casino resorts would be required to house spaces such as conference and exhibition halls under a government proposal, turning them...

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