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With Japan set to build three integrated resorts, operators cast eyes on potential $33.8 billion casino market

The operators of Singapore's two integrated resorts (IRs), which this month injected $9 billion in fresh investment, are also itching to place their bets on Japan in the race to enter the world's largest untapped casino gambling market.

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6/25/2019

article City of Yokohama Holds IR Talks Part of RFI Phase
(Japan) -- Japan continues to study and explore options for the upcoming Integrated Resort (IR) initiative that will see the country host a number of gaming hubs on its...

6/21/2019

article Las Vegas Sands follows MGM’s Osaka backing
(Japan) -- Las Vegas Sands has narrowed in on the specific region of Japan it wishes to focus its attention regarding the potential construction of an integrated resort...

6/20/2019

article Wynn CEO Maddox Keeps Cards Close to His Vest When it Comes to Japan
(Japan) -- While some rivals are overt with their intentions in Japan, Wynn Resorts. Ltd. (NASDAQ: WYNN) CEO Matt Maddox is taking a more a discreet approach to landing...

6/15/2019

article AGA Backs U.S. Operators’ Bid for Japanese IR
(Japan) -- American Gaming Association (AGA) CEO and President Bill Miller has highlighted the important economic windfall that would come with the advancement of U.S....

6/14/2019

article AGA Backs U.S. Operators’ Bid for Japanese IR
(Japan) -- American Gaming Association (AGA) CEO and President Bill Miller has highlighted the important economic windfall that would come with the advancement of U.S....

6/13/2019

article AGA boss Bill Miller backs track record of US operators in Japan IR license bids
(Japan) -- The new President and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), Bill Miller, says the strong track record of US casino operators in providing a positive...

6/9/2019

article MGM Could Be More Appealing to Japan’s Regulators Overseeing Venue Licensing Because of Layoffs
(Japan) -- Layoffs at MGM Resorts International may help — not hurt — the operator capture one of three coveted gaming licenses up for grabs in Japan,...

6/8/2019

article MGM 2020 plan could help bid in Japan, company executive says
(Las Vegas) -- Former Gov. Brian Sandoval, now the president of global gaming development for MGM Resorts International, said he believes the implementation of the...

6/7/2019

article Seven operators answer Osaka’s Request for Concept
(Japan) -- Osaka prefecture/city has announced that seven operator groups have registered for the Request for Concept as part of Osaka’s IR bid.

6/5/2019

article Delay on Japanese casino policies may hinder Osaka opening target
(Japan) -- The city of Osaka in Japan has reportedly been warned that it may not be able to fully open its envisioned integrated casino resort in time for the start of...
article Osaka officially reveals identities of five casino operator candidates
(Japan) -- Officials in the Japanese city of Osaka have officially revealed the identities of five of the seven entities that are participating in the process to select...

6/4/2019

article MGM boss thinks an Osaka IR is possible by 2025
(Japan) -- The leadership of Osaka have had a dream: They want to win an integrated resort (IR) license and have one built by 2025. Analysts have looked at dream and...
article MGM Resorts’ Jim Murren Says Sands Hasn’t Been Loyal to Osaka, as Casino Giants Battle for License
(Japan) -- The casino CEO’s comments came last Friday in New York City at the 35th Annual Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference. MGM and Las Vegas Sands are...

5/31/2019

article Seven potential casino operating partners for Osaka to consider
(Japan) -- The mayor for Osaka, Ichiro Matsui (pictured), has reportedly announced that he has received proposals from seven different entities hoping to eventually win...

5/29/2019

article Japanese Officials Concerned Country Lacks Adequate Problem Gambling Safeguards Ahead of Casino Liberalization
(Japan) -- Problem gambling is a critical concern in the minds of many in Japan, as the country inches closer to legalizing three commercial integrated casino resorts.

5/28/2019

article Confusion reigns as Yokahama continues to debate IR intentions
(Japan) -- The prospects for an IR bid from the Japanese city of Yokohama remain clouded following a hectic month in which both pro- and anti-casino groups ramped up...
article Responsible gaming strategies a challenge for Japan, experts say
(Las Vegas) -- Japan is on the verge of becoming the second largest gaming market in the world behind Chinese gaming enclave Macau. The biggest concern on the horizon is...

5/27/2019

article Japan Casino Resorts Could Cost Nearly $12B, as Gaming Companies Up Bid Antes
(Japan) -- The three Japan casino resorts expected to be authorized in the coming months by the federal government will come with lofty price tags, as the world’s...

5/26/2019

article Yokohama casino could cost up to US$12bln: RFI findings
(Japan) -- A Yokohama casino resort could cost as much as US$12 billion to build, and six of the largest casino operators in the world – including four with Macau...

5/23/2019

article Japanese Government officially postpones fundamental policy on IRs
(Japan) -- The Japanese government has confirmed that it will postpone the publication of the fundamental policy regarding the establishment of integrated resorts until...

5/22/2019

article Galaxy Osaka investment similar to Cotai flagship: Ted Chan
(Japan) -- Japan integrated resort (IR) projects are likely to be a success in whichever cities they are located, said Ted Chan Ying Tat (pictured), chief operating...
article Japan govt to postpone release of IR basic policy: reports
(Japan) -- The Japanese national government is reportedly planning to delay the release of a so-called basic policy for the development of casino properties in the...
article MGM Resorts Japan holds Responsible Gaming seminar in Osaka
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts Japan held a seminar titled “What is Responsible Gaming?” in Osaka on Tuesday, where the company’s Senior Advisor Global...

5/21/2019

article Japan low jobless rate concern for casino ops: MS
(Japan) -- Japan’s “very low unemployment” could be a major problem for international casino firms hoping to hire thousands of locals, should such...
article Japanese IR’s 2025 target may get complicated
(Japan) -- The Osaka government announced it wants to open a casino resort before 2025. However, the Japanese IR plan may get complicated as regulations and restrictions...
article Japan’s 5-year IR license term looms as biggest financing concern for IR operators
(Japan) -- The potential difficulty IR operators may face in securing debt for development of IRs in Japan as a result of legislated five-year license terms has emerged...

5/17/2019

article Japan’s first IR Expo opens in Osaka as candidates try to win casino licenses
(Japan) -- The first Japan IR Expo has opened in Osaka, as candidates increase efforts to win legalised integrated casino resorts. The two-day event started yesterday (...
article Wynn to spend more in Japan than on Wynn Palace: exec
(Japan) -- Casino group Wynn Resorts Ltd would expect to spend more on a Japan resort than it had invested on its Wynn Palace property in Macau. So said Chris Gordon (...

5/16/2019

article Casino permit refresh every 3 yrs biz risk: Japan MPs
(Japan) -- The fact Japan casino licences will need to be renewed every three years under arrangements currently proposed, could amount to a business risk, said a panel...

5/15/2019

article Inaugural Japan IR Expo Sees Casino Giants Flock to Osaka
(Japan) -- The inaugural edition of the Japan IR Expo kicked off today at INTEX Osaka in Osaka, as the major Japanese city is looking to step up its efforts to host one...

5/14/2019

article MGM Submits Bid For Osaka Resort Casino License
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts is set to put forth its proposal for a resort casino license in Osaka. It will be submitting its application in conjunction with the ORIX...

5/6/2019

article MGM, Las Vegas Sands lead the way in Japan IR race: Morgan Stanley
(Japan) -- Ask Morgan Stanley analysts who’s leading the race to be involved in one of the first three integrated resorts (IR) in Japan, and they’ll say that...

4/29/2019

article Japan: Osaka introduces RFP process for Yumeshima integrated resort and theme park
(Japan) -- The Japanese city has officially launched its request-for-proposal process after confirming that it will accept operator proposals to develop a new theme park...

4/25/2019

article Osaka begins process to select private-sector casino partner
(Japan) -- In Japan, the city of Osaka reportedly launched its request-for-concept (RFC) application process earlier today as part of the procedure to eventually select...
article Yokohama hits IR roadblock as Fujiki reveals plans to establish anti-casino organization
(Japan) -- Yokohama port operators will establish the “Yokohama Port Harbor Resort Association” in May as an organization to oppose the establishment of an...

4/24/2019

article Osaka to Pick Casino Resort Operator in Spring 2020
(Japan) -- Hirofumi Yoshimura, governor of Osaka Prefecture, said Wednesday that the western Japan prefecture plans to select an operator to run a casino-featuring...

4/21/2019

article Addict rules for pachinko first, before Japan casinos arrive
(Japan) -- Details of the so-called “basic plan” to tackle the public policy issue of gambling addiction in Japan were revealed by Japan’s cabinet on...

4/19/2019

article Japan looks to fight gambling addiction ahead of casino openings
(Japan) -- The cabinet has approved a plan to limit customers' access to betting establishments and remove cash machines from the facilities, as the Japanese...

4/18/2019

article Japan looks to fight gambling addiction ahead of casino openings
(Japan) -- The Cabinet on Friday approved a plan to limit customers' access and ban the installation of cash machines at betting establishments, as the Japanese...

4/13/2019

article With Japan set to build three integrated resorts, operators cast eyes on potential $33.8 billion casino market
(Japan) -- The operators of Singapore's two integrated resorts (IRs), which this month injected $9 billion in fresh investment, are also itching to place their bets...

4/10/2019

article Huis Ten Bosch theme park agrees to land sale if IR bid is successful
(Japan) -- Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo City has announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell part of its land as a candidate site for a casino resort.

4/7/2019

article Pro-casino candidates backed in Osaka poll
(Japan) -- Localist-movement candidates on record as supporting an effort in Osaka (pictured) to host a casino resort won the respective elections held on Sunday for...

4/4/2019

article From casinos to nuclear power, local issues with national significance to play out at polls across Japan
(Japan) -- Municipal mergers, integrated casino resorts, bullet trains and the future of nuclear power plants — local issues with national political repercussions...
article GEN Singapore gearing up for Japan IR bid: Lim Kok Thay
(Japan) -- The head of Genting Singapore Ltd says the company is “optimistic” as it prepares to bid for a casino licence in Japan. Lim Kok Thay –...
article Casinos have young people betting on the future
(Japan) -- Last July, Japan's Diet enacted a bill allowing casino resorts to open in the country. NHK spoke to a number of young people who hope to work at these...

4/3/2019

article OP/ED:The Labour Challenge for Japan’s Casino Resorts
(Japan) -- Integrated casino resorts are moving closer to becoming a reality in Japan. While the Integrated Resort (IR) Implementation Bill was passed by Japan's...
article Tron Foundation Says They Are Committed To Remove Gambling DApps That Violate Japanese Laws And Regulation
(Japan) -- Tron, a blockchain-based decentralized application (DApp) platform has extended its support to the Japanese authorities to crack down on the gambling DApps in...

4/1/2019

article Osaka Votes To Decide Casino Question, But Not The Big One
(Japan) -- On Sunday, voters in Osaka will choose a new mayor and governor in elections that carry strong implications for the effort to obtain a license for a casino...

3/31/2019

article TRON: Block Japanese IP Addresses to Prevent Use of Gambling dApps
(Japan) -- TRON Foundation, the main organization supporting the ongoing development and day-to-day operations of Tron (TRX), one of the world’s largest platforms...
article COHEN: Osaka Votes To Decide Casino Question, But Not The Big One
(Japan) -- On Sunday, voters in Osaka will choose a new mayor and governor in elections that carry strong implications for the effort to obtain a license for a casino...
article Makinohara moving forward with IR plans
(Japan) -- Makinohara city has recently become one of the most proactive local governments in preparing the ground for an IR bid, with the latest initiative being a...
article Tokyo adopts revised Tsukiji redevelopment plan
(Japan) -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government decided on Friday to adopt the proposed plan for the redevelopment of the former Tsukiji fish market as an entertainment...

3/27/2019

article Cabinet OKs big-scale hotel requirement for casino resorts
(Japan) -- Japan's cabinet approved Tuesday standards for casino resorts due to be built by the mid-2020s, requiring them to contain hotels far larger than currently...
article Japan Government Approves New Regulations for Casino Resorts
(Japan) -- For many years, Japan was against expanding its gambling laws. But it saw nearby Macau thriving and becoming the leading gambling destination in the world....
article Japan Inches Closer to First Casinos, Sets IR Standards
(Japan) -- During a Tuesday meeting, the Cabinet approved the standards developers will have to fulfill when building their MICE properties. Japanese lawmakers want the...
article Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Cabinet Approves Integrated Casino Resort Regulations
(Japan) -- The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has formally signed off on regulations that will govern the country’s three forthcoming integrated...

3/26/2019

article Japan targets high rollers with roomy suites at casino hotels
(Japan) -- Japan hopes to lure high-rolling foreign tourists by mandating that integrated resorts with gambling facilities will have at least 100,000 sq. meters in...
article Japan's Cabinet approves regulations for gambling resorts
(Japan) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet approved regulations for gambling resorts, the first of which could open in Osaka as soon as 2024 and provide...

3/25/2019

article MGM links to finance group Orix for Osaka bid: reports
(Japan) -- A senior executive from Japan’s Orix Corp, a financial services group, says the firm has reached an agreement with United States-based casino operator...
article MGM Resorts joins Orix for Osaka casino bid
(Japan) -- Gaming giant MGM Resorts International will team up with Japanese financial services group Orix to bid for one of the country's first three casino...
article Japan to Limit Casino Ads to Immigration Areas
(Japan) -- The Japanese government decided Tuesday to allow casino advertisements to be put up only in immigration areas at terminals of airports and harbors used by...

3/24/2019

article MGM reveals Japanese partner
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts has formed a partnership with regional powerhouse Orix Corporation in its bid to be selected by the Osaka prefectural government for an IR...

3/22/2019

article Hokkaido governor elections to determine IR fate
(Japan) -- The final unified local government elections in Heisei will one of the most widespread Japan has ever seen with gubernatorial elections taking place for 11...
article Japan welcomes record tourist numbers in February
(Japan) -- Foreign visitors to Japan increased by 3.8% in February compared with the same time last year to an estimated 2.604 million, according to data released by the...

3/21/2019

article Osaka to choose bid partner by early 2020: MGM’s Murren
(Japan) -- The Japanese city and surrounding prefecture of Osaka are likely to make a decision on their development partners for a tilt at a casino resort by “this...

3/15/2019

article 'll be back: Kazuo Okada launches YouTube campaign in Universal Entertainment reinstatement bid
(Internet) -- Former Universal Entertainment Chairman Kazuo Okada has launched a unique social media campaign in an attempt to get him reinstated at the company. Last...

3/11/2019

article 2 men shot at Osaka gambling den, suspect at large
(Japan) -- Two men were seriously injured Monday after being shot by a man at a members-only gambling venue in Osaka's Minami entertainment district, local police...
article Gaming Standards Assn Japan branch amid casino push
(Japan) -- The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) a specialist technical advisor regarding electronic gaming machine technology and digital infrastructure for the casino...
article Japan Casino Resort Hopeful Wakayama Makes Its Case
(Japan) -- Integrated resorts in Japan’s largest cities promise to be spectacular successes. But most action on the IR front right now is in the so-called regional...
article Japan wants facial recognition at gambling establishments
(Japan) -- Officials in Japan have proposed the installation of facial recognition systems at pachinko parlours, boat and horseracing venues, to help tackle gambling...

3/10/2019

article Gov’t plans to use facial recognition system to help prevent gambling addiction
(Japan) -- The Japanese government has proposed a set of measures to help prevent gambling addiction, which includes installing facial recognition systems at pachinko...

3/9/2019

article Facial recognition back on the cards in Japan’s Basic Plan for Problem Gambling Prevention
(Japan) -- Japan’s government has summarized a draft for a three-year basic plan for problem gambling countermeasures, including the research and implementation of...
article It’s happening: Osaka mayor and governor to resign for double election
(Japan) -- The rumor has become reality. On Thursday 7 March, Osaka prefectural governor Ichiro Matsui confirmed he would step down from his position, along with Osaka...

3/8/2019

article Japan to Start Using Facial Recognition to Stop Addicts Gambling
(Japan) -- The Japanese government is looking into asking operators of pachinko parlors and horse tracks to start using facial recognition technology.
article Japanese Gov’t Plan Outlines Use of Facial Recognition to Fight Gambling Addiction
(Japan) -- The Japanese government has formally announced a plan this week to fight gambling addiction that include the use of biometric technology.

3/7/2019

article Japanese Government Wants Facial Recognition Technology Used at Casinos, Racetracks
(Japan) -- The Japanese government plans to ask existing gambling venues to utilized facial recognition technology to help keep problem gamblers from placing bets, a...

2/24/2019

article Casino could help Osaka host Formula 1 race: mayor
(Japan) -- Hosting a casino in Osaka could help the metropolis on Japan’s east coast to gain rights to run a Formula One Grand Prix motor race. That is according...

2/18/2019

article MGM Pushing for New Casino Resort in Osaka
(Japan) -- After the release of their full-year earnings last week, MGM Resorts International’s CEO, Jim Murren, has confirmed that the gambling operators are...

2/14/2019

article MGM Resorts places all-in bet on Osaka for Japanese casino
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts International wants to build a casino resort in the Japanese prefecture of Osaka, the U.S.-based operator of casinos said on its full-year...

2/13/2019

article Osaka to launch formal casino proposal later this week
(Japan) -- In Japan, the city of Osaka is reportedly set to launch a formal proposal later this week in hopes of capturing one of the three casino licenses being made...

2/12/2019

article Osaka Prefecture Officials Say Interested IR Operators Will Need $8.5B
(Japan) -- Officials in the Osaka prefecture and capital city say interested casino operators hoping to bid with the region for one of the three federal integrated...
article Osaka wants US$8.5 billion casino investment: reports
(Japan) -- Details of Osaka prefecture’s strategy for a so-called integrated resort or “IR” have been previewed by Japanese media ahead of a formal...

2/8/2019

article Kansai IR industrial exhibition briefing held in Tokyo
(Japan) -- Tokyo played host to a key briefing on Wednesday in anticipation of the first ever “Kansai Integrated Resort Industrial Exhibition”, set to take...

2/7/2019

article Tokyo Court Rules Gaming Mogul Kazuo Okada Was Legally Ousted from His Own Company by His Children
(Japan) -- A court in Tokyo has ruled that a trust agreement between the son and daughter of billionaire Japanese gambling mogul Kazuo Okada — which led to the two...

2/5/2019

article Luxury liners among maritime transport provisions to serve Yumeshima’s IR
(Japan) -- Osaka has continued to prove proactive in encouraging an IR even as we move into February. IAG has already reported plans to improve transportation access to...
article Pachinko hall upgrades see Okura issue positive profit warning for 2H18
(Japan) -- Japanese pachinko operator Okura Holdings has issued a profit warning for the six months to 31 December 2018, revealing that the group expects to record a “...

2/4/2019

article Rusutsu IR up faster, better for Japan than rest: backer
(Japan) -- A casino resort proposed for Rusutsu Village in the southwestern portion of Japan’s Hokkaido island would be “cutting-edge,” have an “...

2/2/2019

article Japan to require casino resorts to have unprecedentedly big hotels
(Japan) -- The Japanese government has made public standards it hopes to set for casino resorts to be built by the mid-2020s, requiring them to have hotels and...

2/1/2019

article Japan to require casino resorts to have unprecedentedly large hotels
(Japan) -- The government has announced standards it hopes to set for casino resorts — to be built by the mid-2020s — requiring them to have hotels and...

1/31/2019

article Nagoya to decide before summer on IR bid: mayor
(Japan) -- The mayor of Japan’s Nagoya city says his administration will determine before this summer whether it wishes to try and host a so-called integrated...
article Spectrum Gaming names Ishiyama senior VP Japan
(Japan) -- Gaming industry consulting firm Spectrum Gaming Group based in the United States says it has appointed Asaka Ishiyama as its senior vice-president for Japan....

1/30/2019

article Hokkaido government holds IR regional briefings in effort to educate citizens
(Japan) -- Hokkaido, one of the candidate prefectures for a regional Japanese IR license, has hosted a number of “IR Regional Briefings” across the island...
article Korea’s Paradise Group in talks to partner Sega Sammy in Japan IR license bid
(Japan) -- Korea’s leading integrated resort operator, Paradise Group, is considering extending its partnership with Japan’s Sega Sammy to a joint bid for a...
article Wakayama sets 2024 as planned Japan IR launch date
(Japan) -- Wakayama Prefecture, which has been pushing forward in the race for IR selection, has announced that it plans to open in 2024 should it win one of the three...

1/28/2019

article 3 areas in Japan to bid to host casinos; many others reluctant: survey
(Japan) -- Osaka city and prefecture and two other prefectures in western Japan plan to apply for hosting newly legalized casino resorts, but dozens more are reluctant...

1/27/2019

article Three areas in Japan to bid to host casino resorts, but many others remain reluctant: survey
(Japan) -- The city and prefecture of Osaka and two other prefectures in western Japan plan to apply to host newly legalized casino resorts, but dozens more are...

1/24/2019

article Wakayama says has fair chance if IR site selection balanced
(Japan) -- Wakayama prefecture might have a “fair chance” if the host sites for a casino resort in Japan are chosen based on balanced proposals, says a press...

1/21/2019

article So this is Yumeshima: An “inspection” of the Osaka IR Candidate Location
(Japan) -- The dream is getting bigger. On 17 January, after meeting with three members of the Osaka IR Promotion Bureau on a visit to the Osaka Prefectural Government...

1/16/2019

article Bullish Osaka to start IR partner search in spring
(Japan) -- Osaka prefecture and city will start this spring the process of selecting commercial partners in its effort to host one of Japan’s first casino resorts...

1/13/2019

article Jim Murren Meets with Osaka Officials as MGM Opens Local Office for IR Bid
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren met with several prominent officials in Osaka on Thursday, a day before the company set up an office in...

1/10/2019

article Major Gaming Firms Show Their Hands During Presentations at Hokkaido IR Showcase
(Japan) -- Some of the world’s most prominent gaming brands took center stage at the Hokkaido IR Showcase on Wednesday, as developers tried to show why they should...

1/9/2019

article Hokkaido Japan Integrated Resort Conference Attended by Major Casino Operators
(Japan) -- Hokkaido, Japan’s second largest island behind only the main Honshu island, is holding an integrated resort conference this week, and several major...

1/7/2019

article 2019 efforts in anticipation of Japanese IR development get started
(Japan) -- 2019 is the year that big steps will be taken in anticipation of Japanese IR establishment. In July, there are plans to create a Casino Management Commission...
article Rush Street Japan looks to engage locals with launch of “My Tomakomai” online platform
(Japan) -- US-based regional casino operator Rush Street is set to launch a new online platform called “My Tomakomai” aimed at providing the local community...

1/2/2019

article Japan to remain key gaming story for 2019: observers
(Japan) -- Japan will remain the key Asian casino market to watch in 2019, even though it is unlikely to have any operating venues before 2025 at the earliest.

12/31/2018

article Japan Legalizes Casinos in 2018, US Operators Stand Ready to Pounce
(Japan) -- There were chaotic scenes in Japan’s lower house in June as the country’s long-awaited casino bill hit the floor. The gaming measure has been...

12/23/2018

article Few Local Governments Prepared to Take Part in Bidding for Japanese IR Licenses
(Japan) -- Major gaming firms from around the world are lining up for the chance to win one of up to three integrated resort licenses that will be available from the...

12/21/2018

article Inside Asian Gaming to launch IAG Japan in 2019
(Japan) -- Inside Asian Gaming has announced it will launch IAG Japan in January 2019. IAG Japan will see the company’s highly popular monthly print magazine, IAG...

12/20/2018

article Few local governments ready for IR bids
(Japan) -- As 2018 comes to a close, remarkably few local municipalities are looking like seriously prepared candidates for IR bids, with really only two—Osaka and...
article Sawada may be weak link in Nagasaki’s IR plans
(Japan) -- There are indications that one of the key players in Nagasaki’s anticipated bid to host an IR is becoming less enthusiastic about the prospects—...

12/13/2018

article Osaka to begin IR operator selection process in early 2019
(Japan) -- Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui has revealed that the city will begin the process of evaluating the bids of IR operator candidates in early 2019. Matsui and...
article U.S. firm pitches plan to build casino resort in Osaka
(Japan) -- The president of major U.S. casino company Las Vegas Sands Corp this week pitched its plan to develop casino resort facilities in Osaka during his visit to...

12/11/2018

article Caesars Entertainment is poised to expand into Japan
(Japan) -- An executive for Caesars Entertainment said the casino giant is poised to expand into Japan to take advantage of what could be an extremely lucrative gambling...

12/6/2018

article Japan seeks ID of big chip buyers
(Japan) -- The identity of any player looking to buy chips worth JPY300,000 (US$2,650) or more would need to be verified under a new proposal by an expert panel setting...

12/5/2018

article Japan IRs to confirm identity of players buying US$2,650 worth of chips or more
(Japan) -- The identity of any player looking to buy chips worth JPY300,000 (US$2,650) or more would need to be verified under a new proposal by an expert panel setting...
article Rush Street ready to spend US$2 billion on Hokkaido IR
(Japan) -- Rush Street founder and Chairman Neil Bluhm says the company would likely spend up to US$2 billion on its Hokkaido IR should it win a license to operate a...

11/27/2018

article Osaka World Expo setup complements a casino: Nomura
(Japan) -- Brokerage Nomura expects Osaka’s successful bid to host World Expo 2025 will pave the way for a casino resort in the Japanese city, largely because the...

11/25/2018

article Wakayama governor, seeking to host casino resort in prefecture, beats only challenger to secure fourth term
(Japan) -- Wakayama Gov. Yoshinobu Nisaka, who is aiming to host a casino resort as a way to revitalize the economy of the prefecture, secured a fourth consecutive term...

11/23/2018

article Osaka boosts IR hopes after winning bid to host World Expo 2025
(Japan) -- Osaka’s bid to win one of the three Japanese casino licenses to be issued by next year were handed a huge boost on Friday with the city selected to host...

11/19/2018

article Fallen pachinko king looks to retake his throne
(Japan) -- Kazuo Okada’s dreams all seem to be coming true. There’s a casino with his name on top in the Philippines, a popular tropical retreat for Japanese...

11/14/2018

article Japan casino rules to be tightest ever: cabinet official
(Rhode Island) -- Japanese authorities are working to set the “tightest gaming regulations in the world” as part of the country’s casino legalisation...

11/9/2018

article Nutella to Roll Out Bizarre Breakfast Slot Machine in Japan
(Japan) -- It’s no secret that gambling is a big deal in Asia, but this is just plain nuts. Fans of gambling and Nutella, the hazelnut and cocoa spread revered...

11/6/2018

article IR regulation still far from solved in Japan
(Japan) -- The casino industry is set to land in Japan sometime in the near future but there still several topics to address before it can be implemented. During a...

10/27/2018

article Saitama: Yakuza received funds from illegal casino
(Japan) -- Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested an organized crime member for allegedly receiving funds from a casino operating illegally in Saitama City, reports...

10/24/2018

article Odds Favor Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts for Japan Casino Licenses
(Japan) -- Las Vegas Sands and MGM Resorts are the odds-on favorites for integrated casino resort licensure in Japan, a leading gaming analyst said in a note issued this...
article Odds Favor Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts for Japan Casino Licenses
(Japan) -- Las Vegas Sands and MGM Resorts are the odds-on favorites for integrated casino resort licensure in Japan, a leading gaming analyst said in a note issued this...
article Las Vegas Sands and MGM seen as frontrunners in Japan
(Wall Street) -- Las Vegas Sands and MGM Resorts are the frontrunners to be selected to build two of Japan's first integrated resorts and casinos at Osaka and...

10/23/2018

article Osaka Officials Deny Casino Destination on Yumeshima Island Would Be Dangerous Flood Risk
(Japan) -- The Japanese City of Osaka is desperate to get its hands on one of three coveted gaming licenses as the country opens itself up to international casino...

10/22/2018

article BLOG: Trump Ties Won't Help Sheldon Adelson Win A Casino License In Japan
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump is trying to help major campaign donor Sheldon Adelson get a casino license in Japan. That’s a key assertion in investigative...

10/20/2018

article Is Yumeshima safe as a casino site? Some question Osaka’s pitch after flooding at Kansai airport
(Japan) -- Less than two months ago, Typhoon Jebi ripped through western Japan and slammed a tanker into the only bridge leading to Kansai International Airport, forcing...

10/18/2018

article Tomakomai best site for Hokkaido casino: panel
(Japan) -- An advisory panel has recommended that Tomakomai City (pictured), an industrial port, would be the most suitable location were Hokkaido prefecture in the...

10/15/2018

article Casino company Melco envisions esports as big draw for Japan resort
(Japan) -- A Hong Kong based casino operator is hoping to attract millennials and Chinese tourists into its planned new Japanese resort with an esports stadium, in a...

10/14/2018

article Japan denies Trump-LVS talk
(Japan) -- US President Donald Trump did not ask Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to strongly consider Las Vegas Sands for a casino licence, a top Japanese government...
article Tokyo chooses Deloitte for casino impact study
(Japan) -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has chosen business services firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC to do what is termed an “Integrated Resort impact study...

10/12/2018

article Controversial casino-style gaming a hit with the elderly at adult day care centers
(Japan) -- As the government is preparing to introduce casinos to increase tax revenues and shore up the economy, some adult day care centers in Tokyo and other parts of...
article Japan’s top government spokesman denies Trump asked Abe to ‘strongly consider’ giving casino license to one of his benefactors
(Japan) -- The top government spokesman Thursday denied a report that U.S. President Donald Trump asked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2017 to “strongly consider...

10/10/2018

article 'Patron-in-chief’: Trump Reportedly Helps Promote Mega-donor Adelson's Casino Business in Japan
(USA) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has helped promote Sheldon Adelson's business interests, ProPublica reported Wednesday, documenting the alleged strong influence...
article OP/ED: This Is Pay-for-Play Corruption, Plain and Simple
(USA) -- Maybe the seminal work of conservative political art in this era was Jon McNaughton's "Crossing the Swamp" painting. It was such a fantastic...
article Report: Trump personally lobbied Japan PM on Sands’ casino bid
(USA) -- US President Donald Trump personally lobbied Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Las Vegas Sands’ bid for a Japanese casino license, according to a...
article Trump tried to help a Republican megadonor build a casino in Japan
(USA) -- During an important meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February 2017, President Donald Trump asked the leader to consider allowing American...

10/9/2018

article Japan sounds local govts ahead of casino bid framework
(Japan) -- Japan’s central government body coordinating casino liberalisation policy is contacting 67 major local governments across the nation asking what plans,...

10/8/2018

article Japan outlines plans for new casino regulator
(Japan) -- The frame work of Japan’s nascent commercial casino industry continues to be laid , after the Diet prime minister Shinzo Abe passed its Integrated...

10/7/2018

article Outsiders Still Misunderstand Japan Casino Opportunity
(Japan) -- A recent entry on a investing discussion board asked, “In which quarter in 2019 do you think Japan will determine the three [casino] licensees?” Might as well...

9/28/2018

article Caesars eyes Okinawa as it unveils four Japanese casino plans
(Japan) -- Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment is eager to operate one of Japan's first casino resorts and has concepts ready for any of the proposed locations:...

9/27/2018

article Caesars Japan Unveils Plans for Yokohama ‘Great Wave’ Integrated Resort
(Japan) -- Caesars wants to be big in Japan. At a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday, the US casino giant’s Japanese arm revealed its proposal for an...

9/25/2018

article Abe leader victory unlikely to speed casinos: analysts
(Japan) -- The re-election of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (pictured) as president of the governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is not likely to speed the...
article Yokohama IR draws international interest
(Japan) -- As the casino industry awaits to see what will happen with the segment in Japan, different regions in the archipelago continue to assess the perks of pushing...

9/24/2018

article Analysis: Abe’s re-election is good news for global casino firms
(Japan) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide election last week, paving the way for up to...
article Twelve firms submit Yokohama IR information
(Japan) -- A dozen companies submitted plans and information to the Yokohama municipal government before the RFI deadline last Friday. Among these, eight were...

9/13/2018

article Tokyo Casino on the Horizon? City Prepares Impact Study
(Japan) -- Tokyo city officials are to commission an impact study into hosting an integrated resort, the first concrete interest the Japanese capital has shown in...

9/7/2018

article Wakayama sees 33 proposals for new integrated resort
(Japan) -- Citizens of Yokohama, Japan, may not want a casino, but this won’t be a problem. There are plenty of other areas that are more than happy to receive a...

9/6/2018

article Wakayama Prefecture in Japan: Casino Operators Apply in Droves After Yokohama Shows Less Than Love
(Japan) -- Wakayama Prefecture may not yet be a staunch favorite to win one of Japan’s three casino licenses, but it’s among the most enthusiastic applicants...

9/5/2018

article Japanese Citizens in Yokohama Almost Unanimously Oppose Casinos
(Japan) -- A staggering 94 percent of Yokohama citizens says they have “negative” viewpoints on allowing an integrated casino resort to be built in Japan...

9/3/2018

article Macau and Singapore offer lessons on fighting gambling addiction
(Japan) -- As Japan prepares to open its first casino, possibly in the mid-2020s, concerns about gambling addiction are looming larger. Japan may be able to learn from...

8/31/2018

article Hokkaido government mulling over integrated casino resort bid
(Japan) -- In Japan, the government for the northern island of Hokkaido is reportedly hoping to decide by the end of the year whether it should join the race to host one...
article Hokkaido government mulling over integrated casino resort bid
(Japan) -- In Japan, the government for the northern island of Hokkaido is reportedly hoping to decide by the end of the year whether it should join the race to host one...

8/30/2018

article Japan Forming Casino Administration Committee, 40 Municipalities Want Integrated Resort
(Japan) -- In less than a year, Japan will unveil its Casino Administration Committee (CAC), a government agency that will be tasked with overseeing and regulating...
article Japan IR legislation: What’s next?
(Japan) -- Japan reached a major milestone in July when the Diet, Japan’s legislative body, passed both the IR Implementation Bill and the Basic Bill on Gambling...
article Japan to establish casino administration committee effective next year
(Japan) -- Yesterday, it was announced that Japan has plans to create an oversight body for their new casino industry. Set to be known as the casino administration...

8/29/2018

article VIDEO: Race to host Japan’s first legal casino
(Japan) -- The race among local governments in Japan to be the first to host a legal casino in an Integrated Resort has kicked off.

8/22/2018

article Foreign casino operators lobbying hard in Japan
(Japan) -- In Japan, a host of foreign gambling operators are reportedly going all out in hopes of securing one of the three casino licenses that are going to be made...

8/21/2018

article Nine overseas IR operators join Yokohama RFI process
(Japan) -- At the explanation meeting held on Monday, the Yokohama municipal authorities released a breakdown of the 22 companies that have joined the RFI process,...

8/20/2018

article Foreign casino operators go all in as they vie for Osaka license
(Japan) -- In late July, a lavish fireworks display lit up Osaka’s skies in the finale to one of Japan’s most famous festivals, courtesy of a first-time sponsor: Macau...

8/18/2018

article Osaka leaders revel as casinos bid for attention
(Japan) -- When the Diet passed a law governing the operation of integrated casino resorts last month, public celebrations were few. Media polls showed strong public...

8/14/2018

article Japanese Pachinko Parlours to be hit hard by New Regulation
(Japan) -- Pachinko parlours have been the number one gambling associated game in Japan for a long time. However, recently the sector has been suffering a decline due to...
article Japan’s lotteries hope online expansion can reverse slide
(Japan) -- Japan plans to expand online lottery options this October in order to attract a younger generation of customers and hopefully avoid a third straight year of...

8/13/2018

article Osaka governor wants Japan to pick up the pace on gambling
(Japan) -- Now that the Japanese government has signed off on gambling, at least one governor is getting anxious for the country to start the casino licensing process....

8/10/2018

article Japanese government being urged to speed up casino licensing process
(Japan) -- In Japan, the Governor for Osaka Prefecture has reportedly suggested that the central government should quicken the licensing process for the nation’s...

8/8/2018

article Casinos to Start Jockeying for Japan's 3 New Licenses
(Japan) -- Japan's national legislature finally approved a law legalizing casino gambling Opens a New Window. in the country that will allow gambling in as many as...

8/1/2018

article Konami slot division quarterly revenue down, profit up
(Japan) -- Konami Corp’s gaming and systems division reported net revenue of approximately JPY6.4 billion (US$57.4 million) for the three months ended June 30,...
article Pachinko and Slot Machine Addiction in Japan
(Japan) -- The Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill establishing IR operational rules was passed by the Diet in July 2018. The first casino established under the law...

7/31/2018

article Why are casinos controversial in Japan?
(Japan) -- The government insists casinos as part of "integrated resorts" will create jobs and attract tourists. Opponents say they will encourage gambling...

7/30/2018

article Already suffering a slowdown, Japan’s pachinko industry now braces for gambling-addiction regulations
(Japan) -- Like many pachinko parlors throughout Japan, Naomi Suzuki’s establishment on the outskirts of the city of Fukushima was once full of energy, with the...

7/27/2018

article Casino Moguls Ready to Battle for Japan Gambling Licenses
(Japan) -- The island nation of Japan has intrigued tourists for many years and now global casino bigwigs are lining up to take advantage of an exciting new opportunity...

7/26/2018

article Japan’s pinball gambling industry rakes in 30 times more cash than Las Vegas casinos
(Japan) -- Each year, Japanese gamblers spend $200 billion on vertical pinball-like slot machines called pachinko. That's 30 times the annual gambling revenue of Las...
article Las Vegas Sands in “pole position” for Japan IR due to MICE track record: Adelson
(Japan) -- Las Vegas Sands (LVS) Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson says his previous experience aiding Japan’s MICE industry gives the company a huge advantage in...
article Sheldon Adelson Says Sands in ‘Leading Position’ for Japan Casino License
(Japan) -- Billionaire Sheldon Adelson believes his Las Vegas Sands empire is the frontrunner for licensure in Japan. Talking with investors this week on the company...
article Japan finally gets casinos
(Japan) -- THE sun beats down on a queue of punters outside the Espace pachinko parlour in central Tokyo. Inside is an air-conditioned oasis. Japanese people wage over...

7/25/2018

article Galaxy continues Japan push with Monaco Boys Choir performances
(Japan) -- Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) and its partner Monte Carlo Société des Bains de Mer (SBM) have continued to promote their Japanese IR ambitions via a...
article Genting Singapore incorporates new Japanese subsidiaries
(Japan) -- Genting Singapore has upped the ante in its pursuit of a Japan casino license by incorporating five new wholly-owned Japanese subsidiaries. In an announcement...
article Japan’s pinball gambling industry rakes in 30 times more cash than Las Vegas casinos
(Japan) -- Each year, Japanese gamblers spend $200 billion on vertical pinball-like slot machines called pachinko. That's 30 times the annual gambling revenue of Las...
article Las Vegas Sands sees Japan relationship as asset for possible casino license
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson said Wednesday that his decadeslong ties to Japan give his company a leg up in the fierce battle for a casino...
article PODCAST: Casino Gambling Is Coming To Japan - But Not Until About 2025
(Japan) -- It’s been a long time coming – but there will soon be casino gambling in Japan. Well, soon being the year 2025, give or take. Last week, Japanese...

7/22/2018

article Green light for casinos offers jackpot to Japanese companies
(Japan) -- Let the competition begin. Now that Japan has enacted a law outlining a road map for casino resorts, foreign operators from Las Vegas Sands Corp. to MGM...
article Nearly two-thirds oppose recently passed bill authorizing casinos
(Japan) -- Nearly two-thirds of respondents opposed a recently passed bill authorizing the opening of casino resorts, highlighting deep-rooted concern about gambling...
article Protesters rally against controversial casino bill in front of Diet
(Japan) -- Citizens groups, opposition legislators and lawyers staged a demonstration in front of the Diet Building on July 20 as the legislature moved to pass a...

7/21/2018

article Japanese lawmakers push through casino legalization
(Japan) -- The Japanese National Diet on Friday approved a contentious law allowing up to three casino resorts to open in the wealthy nation and possibly lure more...

7/20/2018

article AGA President: Japan's passage of casino bill a 'giant step'
(Japan) -- American Gaming Association (AGA) President and CEO Geoff Freeman issued the following statement following today’s passage of the “Integrated...
article Casino law won't offer Japan an instant jackpot
(Japan) -- Even under a new measure to legalize gambling resorts in a bid to attract tourism, Japan's first casino will not open until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are...
article Casinos are 'magic that turns money into trash,' gambler warns as Diet eyes bill
(Japan) -- As the Diet prepares to pass a bill authorizing the opening of casinos in Japan, a confessed gambling addict has opened up to the Mainichi Shimbun about the...
article Diet enacts casino bill despite stiff opposition
(Japan) -- The Diet on Friday enacted a bill authorizing the opening of casino resorts, despite stiff resistance from opposition parties and widespread public concern...
article Japan casino legislation finally approved by Diet’s upper house
(Japan) -- Japan’s casino bill has cleared the legislature’s upper house despite a flurry of last-minute procedural tactics by opponents of gambling...
article Japan Legalizes Casino Gambling
(Japan) -- Japan legalized casino gambling and cleared the way for three casino resorts, giving companies such as Las Vegas Sands Corp. and MGM Resorts International...
article Japan Parliament OKs law to allow up to 3 casino resorts (updated)
(Japan) -- Japan’s parliament on Friday approved a contentious law allowing up to three casino resorts to open in this wealthy nation and possibly lure more...
article Japan's new casino law sets stage for global bidding war
(Japan) -- Japanese lawmakers on Friday night enacted controversial legislation legalizing gambling resorts, a move nearly two decades in the making.
article U.S. gaming operators applaud Japan casino legislation, immediately signal interest in the market
(Japan) -- Now that Japan has successfully completed a multi-year effort to legalize casinos, the U.S. gaming industry’s largest resort operators want a piece of...
article Protesters rally against controversial casino bill in front of Diet
(Japan) -- Citizens groups, opposition legislators and lawyers staged a demonstration in front of the Diet Building on July 20 as the legislature moved to pass a...

7/19/2018

article Diet set to approve casino resorts bill despite stiff opposition
(Japan) -- The Diet on Friday is set to enact a bill authorizing the opening of casino resorts, despite stiff resistance from opposition parties and widespread public...
article Japanese casino legislation clears penultimate hurdle
(Japan) -- In Japan, proposed legislation that would legalize casino gambling could reportedly face a vote before the full House of Councillors as soon as tomorrow after...

7/18/2018

article Japan Casinos Will Be Big Business for Organized Crime, Vows High-Ranking Yakuza
(Japan) -- Japan’s casino bill is said to be a “done deal” that will pass this week, according to sources within the Diet’s Upper House who spoke...

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