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Japanese Cities, States Vying to Serve as Home to Country’s First Casinos

Casino gambling is finally coming to Japan. The government is looking to award two licenses, which has interested Japanese cities and prefectures (their equivalent of a province or state) cautiously enthusiastic, while casino industry players are eager to enter the fray.

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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...

4/5/2017

article Casino bosses will bet big to open Japan’s gaming industry
(Japan) -- Camped out on Japan’s doorstep is a formidable phalanx of glitz and greed. Las Vegas Sands, MGM, Melco Crown are among the world’s biggest casino...

4/4/2017

article IR promotion HQ begins work on mapping out casino regulations
(Japan) -- The government on Tuesday began work in earnest to map out casino regulations following the enactment last year of the so-called integrated resort, or IR,...

4/2/2017

article Slot Machine Maker Says Japan Casinos Need Vegas-Style Oversight
(Las Vegas) -- Konami Holdings Corp., which supplies slot machines to some of the world’s biggest casinos, will participate in Japan’s gaming industry if the...

3/31/2017

article Japan to ease way for first legal casinos with limit on cash dispensers
(Japan) -- Japan plans to remove credit card cash dispensers from the vicinity of bookmakers and improve treatment for gambling addicts as the country prepares to lift...

3/30/2017

article Galaxy teams up with SBM to bid on Japanese casino licence
(Japan) -- Galaxy Entertainment Group, Operator of Galaxy Macau, has joined forces with its associates Société des Bains de Mer (SBM) in Monaco to bid for a Japanese...
article Japan eyes restrictions on multi-billion dollar pachinko industry
(Japan) -- The Japanese government is looking to restrict existing gambling establishments – including the US$200 billion pachinko industry – as it prepares...
article Japan to possibly consider new pachinko anti-addiction measures
(Japan) -- In the wake of Japan’s passage late last year of enabling legislation that could see up to two Las Vegas-style integrated gambling resorts licensed by...

3/29/2017

article Japan looks to curb $293 billion spent on pachinko gambling
(Japan) -- As Japan prepares for its first Las Vegas-style casino resorts, the government is considering restrictions on existing gambling establishments, including...

3/28/2017

article Macau, Monte Carlo casino operators join up for Japan bid
(Japan) -- Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group will join forces with its associate in Monaco, Societe des Bains de Mer, to pursue casino resort development...

3/27/2017

article Japan to introduce responsible gambling bill
(Japan) -- Only three months later after the casino legalisation took effect in Japan, the country’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) along with a coalition...

3/26/2017

article Japan’s Ruling Parties to Introduce Responsible Gambling Bill
(Japan) -- Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito plan to introduce a responsible gambling-focused bill, local news outlets...

3/15/2017

article Will Japan Be the World's Biggest -- And Most Expensive -- Casino Market?
(Japan) -- When casino gambling is legalized in Japan, we're going to see an all-out spending war among resort operators because it could become the world's most...

3/14/2017

article Francis Lui confident about Japan gaming license
(Macau) -- Deputy chairman of casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd, Francis Lui Yiu Tung, is confident that the company can seize a chance to establish a...

3/9/2017

article Will Japan's Casino Industry Be a Game-Changer?
(Japan) -- Most Americans consider Las Vegas to be the mecca of casino gambling. In 2016 alone, the Las Vegas strip generated $5.95 billion in gaming revenue.

3/4/2017

article Handicapping the casino market in Japan
(Japan) -- Fitch Ratings forecasts annual gaming revenue in Japan will fall in a range of $5B to $10B per year to fall short of some of the earlier rosy projections (...

3/3/2017

article Japan May Limit Number of Gaming Facilities
(Japan) -- Casino operators such as Hard Rock International and the Las Vegas Sands are considering entering the Japanese gambling market due to its potential, but one...
article Japan may pull a Singapore in controlling casino gambling: Analyst
(Japan) -- Casino operators around the world are eyeing an entry into the seemingly lucrative Japanesemarket, but one analyst said lawmakers in the world's third...
article Japan Mulls Allowing Citizens to Play, Following Suit on Many Asian Countries
(Japan) -- Building a casino in Japan has been a goal for major gaming operators for decades, but that dream may not play out exactly how they wished.

3/2/2017

article Speed of Japan casino law passage surprised even supporters of bill
(Japan) -- Global gaming companies, such as Las Vegas Sands and Hard Rock International, recently flew top executives into Tokyo to declare they are ready to invest in...

3/1/2017

article Japan may pull a Singapore in controlling casino gambling: Analyst
(Japan) -- Casino operators around the world are eyeing an entry into the seemingly lucrative Japanesemarket, but one analyst said lawmakers in the world's third...

2/28/2017

article Majority of Osaka residents say casino resort plan a bad bet
(Japan) -- Sixty percent of Osaka Prefecture residents are opposed to a proposed casino resort in their neighborhood, a survey shows. The weekend poll was carried out by...

2/27/2017

article Big Guns Take Aim at Japan
(Japan) -- Global gaming operators including MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts Ltd., the Las Vegas Sands Corp., Galaxy Entertainment Corp., Melco Crown and Hard...
article Osaka presents new problem gambling bill
(Japan) -- The Osaka-based opposition party Nippon Ishin no Kai introduced a new legislation in order to deal with problems related to gambling. The party is trying to...

2/26/2017

article Nippon Ishin no Kai bill targets gambling woes in bid to move casino policies forward
(Japan) -- The opposition party Nippon Ishin no Kai is proposing new legislation to deal with problem gamblers, hoping to speed up the debate after a bill legalizing...
article Problem gambling bill introduced by Osaka-based national political party
(Japan) -- New problem gambling legislation has been proposed in Japan via Nippon Ishin no Kai, a national political party based in Osaka. The goal of the new bill is to...

2/24/2017

article MGM Resorts may invest $10 billion in Japan, says CEO
(Japan) -- James Murren, visiting chairman and chief executive officer of major U.S. casino operator MGM Resorts International, says his company may consider investing $...

2/23/2017

article Genting Singapore “well placed” to bid for Japan casino license
(Singapore) -- A day after Melco Crown Entertainment Limited unveiled its proposed plans for a casino in the city of Osaka and Asian gambling rival Genting Singapore has...
article Casino Developers Will Have to be Patient on Japanese Regulation, Says Analyst
(Japan) -- Global casino operators are bending over backwards to get a piece of the future Japanese casino industry, but they may have to wait just a little bit longer.
article Global casino operators seek opportunities in Japan
(Japan) -- Following the December enactment of a law lifting a ban on casinos, leading global casino operators are increasingly eager to take part in the “huge...

2/22/2017

article GEN Singapore says ‘well placed’ for Japan casino bid
(Japan) -- Casino operator Genting Singapore Plc says it “has sufficient financial resources” and is “well placed” to bid for a casino licence in...

2/21/2017

article Japan casino resort may come with a $10B price tag, says Sheldon Adelson
(Japan) -- Getting a slice of Japan casino industry may come with a hefty price tag. Japan casino resort may come with a $10B price tag, says Sheldon AdelsonThis was...
article Tokyo casino the ‘holy grail’ for Sheldon Adelson
(Japan) -- Tokyo is the “holy grail” said casino magnate Sheldon Adelson as he vowed to invest up to $10bn if he wins the race to build a resort in Japan...
article Melco Pledges to Spend ‘Whatever It Takes’ on Japan Casino
(Japan) -- Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. has upped the ante against its casino rivals to win the chance to build a casino resort in Japan, declaring there’s no...
article Tokyo’s pachinko parlors look to next generation of players
(Japan) -- Pachinko, a uniquely Japanese form of gambling, is a popular sport in Japan. But interest in the game has been waning, particularly amongst younger players....

2/20/2017

article Japan casino resort could cost up to US$10 bln: Adelson
(Japan) -- Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive of casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp, said on Tuesday that a casino resort in Japan could cost up to US$10...

2/18/2017

article Tokyo seniors gamble time away in Vegas-style care centre
(Japan) -- What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there, and senior citizens in Japan are profiting from it. An elderly daycare centre in the Japanese capital of...

2/16/2017

article Tokyo seniors gamble time away in Vegas-style care centre
(Japan) -- What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there, and senior citizens in Japan are profiting from it. An elderly daycare centre in the Japanese capital of...

2/8/2017

article Osaka Officials Introduce Yumeshima Island as Possible Casino Resort Site
(Japan) -- Osaka city authorities and developers have decided to move forward with the plan for the development of the artificial Yumeshima Island in Osaka Bay, The...

2/7/2017

article Why Japan Could Be the Next Frontier for the Gaming Industry
(Japan) -- Macau has suffered much in the last few years, Singapore and the U.S. are relatively stable, and other regions like the Philippines are still just a drop in...

2/6/2017

article Can residents’ concerns about bringing in casinos be laid to rest?
(Japan) -- If casinos are introduced, it would cause various problems in the relevant communities. Do local governments aiming to bring casinos into their areas intend...

2/3/2017

article Japan’s government has legalised casinos, but they are not popular
(Japan) -- MOST forms of gambling are banned in Japan, but many Japanese still like to have a flutter. Over ¥23trn ($203bn) is waged annually on pachinko, a noisy...
article Who will casinos hit hardest?
(Japan) -- Back in 1998 when Tokyo was near bankruptcy, then-Gov Shintaro Ishihara had what seemed to him a luminous idea – a casino. Moneyed gamblers would pour...

2/1/2017

article Global Casino Operators Step Up Effort to Woo Business Partners in Japan
(Japan) -- Global casino operators are stepping up their efforts to woo local partners and venue hosts in Japan, even though it may be a year before lawmakers lay out...

1/30/2017

article This Japanese Slot Game Generates More Revenue Than Las Vegas and Macau Combined
(Japan) -- Last month, legislators in Japan passed a law that legalizes casino gambling in the country. It ended 15 years of political back-and-forth and paves the way...

1/29/2017

article Bigger Than Vegas: Japan's Pachinko Market Dwarfs the Strip
(Japan) -- Even before Shinzo Abe’s government opened the door to potential casino develop in Japan, the nation’s gamblers were wagering more on Pachinko...
article Global casino operators mount charm offensive in Japan
(Japan) -- Global casino operators are stepping up their efforts to woo local partners and venue hosts in Japan, even though it may be a year before lawmakers lay out...
article The darkhorse in Japan's casino race
(Japan) -- Casino gambling is now legal in Japan. Kind of. Passage of the integrated resort promotion bill in December made this so. But the government and the ruling...

1/28/2017

article Las Vegas Casinos Wooing Potential Japanese Business Partners
(Las Vegas) -- In December, Japan’s parliament passed the Integrated Resorts Promotion bill, a piece of legislation that paves the way for the country to welcome...

1/27/2017

article Is Pachinko really 'just a game' in Japan?
(Japan) -- Whether simply playing games or gambling, who can resist a chance to win? It’s human nature. Nothing better represents this in Japan than pachinko -...

1/26/2017

article Global casino operators on Japan charm offensive
(Japan) -- Global casino operators are stepping up their efforts to woo local partners and venue hosts in Japan, even though it may be a year before lawmakers lay out...
article On casinos, Osaka moves forward as Yokohama steps back
(Japan) -- As a Liberal Democratic Party team tasked with recommending policies for casino resorts met this week, leaders in Osaka and Yokohama displayed opposite...

1/25/2017

article Turning Japanese
(Japan) -- In late December, the Act Concerning Promotion of Development of Integrated Resort Areas (the IR Act) was passed into law by the Japanese National Diet (...

1/22/2017

article VIDEO: Ben Heck's vintage Japanese arcade mod
(Internet) -- The Ben Heck Show team has been approached to repair and enhance a vintage Japanese arcade Pachinko machine! Pachinko machines are common gambling games in...

1/21/2017

article OP/ED: Are Casinos in Japan an Unnecessary Gamble?
(Japan) -- Much in the same way as happened with last year’s “reinterpretation” of Japan’s constitution and the toughening regulation of official...

1/19/2017

article Pachinko operator ‘ripe fit’ for casino investors eyeing Japan: analyst
(Japan) -- Now that Japan is a step closer to legalizing casinos, foreign investors may have already started forming links with their local counterparts in order to...

1/18/2017

article Pachinko’s Dynam fit for casino op eyeing Japan: analyst
(Japan) -- Japanese pachinko hall operator Dynam Japan Holdings Co Ltd is “ripe for strategic investment on the part of an international integrated resort operator...

1/16/2017

article Manufacturers of slots, table games may cash in on Japan gaming
(Las Vegas) -- When Japan finally legalizes casino gambling and auctions licenses to resort operators, it will be a shot in the arm for an industry that has been...

1/14/2017

article Clash between Japan, U.S. casino moguls throws spotlight on gray zones in FBI bribe probe
(USA) -- In April 2015, a sworn statement submitted in a Nevada lawsuit between rival casino moguls Steve Wynn and Japan’s Kazuo Okada contained an unusual...

1/13/2017

article Japan Casinos A Big Deal But Still Not A Done Deal
(Japan) -- When Japanese lawmakers passed the Integrated Resort Promotions Bill in December, they answered decades of prayers from casino operators around the world.

1/11/2017

article LDP team charged with drafting casino rules to have first meeting this month
(Japan) -- A Liberal Democratic Party team in charge of drafting a bill to outline rules under which casino gambling will operate will meet for the first time later this...

1/10/2017

article Japan preps problem gambling bill; SJM not focused on Japan
(Japan) -- Japan’s government is preparing new legislation that will require gambling operators to take greater efforts to mitigate the potential harms of gambling...

1/9/2017

article With casino bill’s passage, administration may submit gambling addiction prevention legislation early this year
(Japan) -- The Abe government is considering submitting a bill to the Diet early this year that would create a basic law on preventing gambling addiction, according to...

1/8/2017

article With casino bill’s passage, administration may submit gambling addiction prevention legislation early this year
(Japan) -- The Abe government is considering submitting a bill to the Diet early this year that would create a basic law on preventing gambling addiction, according to...

1/6/2017

article ‘Gambling addiction is disease, but curable’
(Japan) -- “Gambling addiction (see below) is a disease,” said Noriko Tanaka, president of an organization engaged in education activities concerning...

1/2/2017

article Gambling In Japan, A Measure Of Shinzo Abe’s Staying Power
(Japan) -- On Dec. 2, Japan’s lawmakers voted for a bill that permits casinos. The aim of the legislation was to boost tourism and revitalize the economy.

1/1/2017

article Japan's casino law opens two rifts
(Japan) -- Who would have guessed that the Japanese prime minister who pushed through a strict state secrets law, steamrolled his way through local opposition in bids to...

12/26/2016

article Law legalizing casino gambling in Japan takes effect
(Japan) -- A law allowing casino gambling took effect Monday, prompting the government to promote the creation of “integrated resorts” that include hotels...

12/25/2016

article Japan in Depth / LDP-Ishin tryst causes alarm within Komeito
(Japan) -- The warm relations between the Liberal Democratic Party and Nippon Ishin no Kai have been on conspicuous display. The two parties are working together above...
article New Japanese law legalizing casino gambling takes effect amid controversy, concerns
(Japan) -- A new law making casino gambling legal came into effect on Monday, after the ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe successfully pushed the...

12/24/2016

article Industry divided on government’s casino gamble
(Japan) -- In its zeal to ramrod some bills into law before the New Years holiday, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party finally legalized casino gambling, a matter that...

12/23/2016

article Pachinko: The Japanese Take on the Slot Machine
(Japan) -- When looking at a Pachinko parlor, you would think that you were in a slot machine aisle in a Vegas casino room. However, unlike many of the country’s...

12/22/2016

article Japan’s Big Bet on Casinos
(Japan) -- For more than a decade, most of the action in the gaming industry has been centered on Macau. Fueled by Chinese high rollers’ seemingly insatiable...

12/21/2016

article Japan’s horse racing purses among the richest in the world
(Japan) -- While Criminal Code chapter 23 generally bans gambling in Japan, there are some exceptions, including certain motor sports and horse racing, which the public...

12/18/2016

article Economist: Local casino industry has a competitive edge over Japan
(Macau) -- Despite the recently passed bill legalizing integrated resorts in Japan increasing regional competition for the gaming industry in the MSAR, Joey Lao Chi Ngai...
article Abe gov't support rate down to 54.8% with unpopular casino law: poll
(Japan) -- The support rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet slipped from the previous month to 54.8 percent in a Kyodo News poll released Sunday, with...
article Casino bill leaves Abenomics in uncharted territory
(Japan) -- There is probably a perfect time for a politician to close his eyes and chant a 1,000-year-old Buddhist sutra. The middle of a pivotal national debate on...
article Hurry Up and Wait: Japan Legalises Gambling, but Operation Remains Far Off
(Japan) -- Intriguing Japan has perfected its own version of regulation last Thursday, though it will be years before legalised gambling actually takes place.
article Japan's casinos may 'card' gamblers
(Japan) -- Japan's ruling parties will consider safeguards against gambling addiction as part of recently passed casino legislation, including a proposal to limit...

12/17/2016

article Casino-Style Gambling Closes In On Japan After Parliament Vote
(Japan) -- Japanese officials have decided to move on from merely dabbling in gambling and to bask in the economic warmth of casinos that may soon feature around the...
article Too Early to Place Bets on Casino Winners in Japan
(Japan) -- Japan's parliament may have given the go-ahead to legalize gambling in the country, but it's much too early to say who will be the biggest casino...
article Singapore the model for Japan's casino gamble
(Singapore) -- Despite being one of the world's top casino gambling destinations, Singapore is still just a shadow of Macau or Las Vegas, with just two casinos...

12/16/2016

article Clarion confirms Japan Gaming Congress for May 2017
(Japan) -- Clarion Events, in association with Japanese firm Hakuhodo, has announced that the second edition of the Japan Gaming Congress will take place in Tokyo from...

12/15/2016

article Japan moves to allow casino gambling at 'integrated resorts'
(Japan) -- Gaming operators got the green light they've been waiting for after Japan's parliament approved Thursday an "integrated resorts" law that is...
article Why Japan's government is pushing casinos (even though most Japanese don't want them)
(Japan) -- Japan's parliament has just legalized casino gaming even though most Japanese oppose it. Here's why. Lawmakers in the upper house sent the bill over...
press release Fitch: Credit Implications Vary for Gaming Companies Eyeing Japan
(New York) -- Gaming operator balance sheets are generally well positioned to undertake the scale of investment Japanese officials may require to build new casinos in...
article Japan casino law excites Asian gaming operators
(Hong Kong) -- Japan's sudden legalization of casino gambling on Thursday has excited Asian gaming operators who have had little to cheer about for the past two...

12/14/2016

article Casino Gambling Is Finally Legal in Japan
(Japan) -- Japan’s parliament passed a law on Thursday to legalize casinos, ending 15 years of political argument and opening the way for projects that combine high-...
article Casinos' holy grail: Japan opens door to potential $30 billion industry
(Japan) -- Japan is rolling the dice on casinos to help boost its struggling economy. The Japanese parliament is expected this week to pass a new law that would pave the...
article Japan’s parliament approves contentious casino bill despite opposition
(Japan) -- Japan’s parliament passed a bill legalizing casinos early on Thursday, paving the way for billions of dollars of potential investment after years of...
article Yakuza delighted with new legislation allowing casinos
(Japan) -- Yakuza gangs are rubbing their hands with glee after Japan moved to legalize casino gambling Dec. 15. “No one gains big benefits through gambling, but...
article AGA releases statement following Japan's historic passage of casino bill
(Washington D.C.) -- American Gaming Association (AGA) President and CEO Geoff Freeman released a statement in response to the passage of Japan's IR Promotion bill.

12/13/2016

article Japan casino bill clears panel, paves way to legalize gambling
(Japan) -- A bill to legalize casinos in Japan cleared a key parliamentary panel on Tuesday, paving the way for high-stakes gambling in the world’s third-biggest...
article Japan casino bill clears panel, paves way to legalize gambling
(Japan) -- A contentious bill to legalize casinos in Japan cleared a key parliamentary panel on Tuesday, paving the way for high-stakes gambling in the world's third...
article Japan Set to Legalize Casinos in Parliament Vote Wednesday
(Japan) -- Japan’s parliament is set to legalize casinos Wednesday, ending years of political wrangling and opening the way for billions of dollars of potential...
article Japan, Looking for Money, Is Poised to Legalize Casino Gambling
(Japan) -- Japan is set to deal itself into the multibillion-dollar casino industry. Lawmakers in the country this week cleared the way for the removal of a longstanding...

12/12/2016

article Casino fever heats up in Japan as key vote nears
(Japan) -- Japan is just one key vote away from unleashing a global investment bet on its future casino industry, as parliament moves to transform the face of gambling...

12/11/2016

article Bloomberry mulls Japan expansion
(Japan) -- BLOOMBERRY Resorts Corp. is exploring the potential of expanding its casino business into Japan, as the East Asian country moves toward legalizing casino...

12/9/2016

article Possible vote on Japan casino bill only next week: report
(Japan) -- The upper house of Japan’s parliament – also know as the Diet – will only decide next week on a vote regarding a bill to legalise in...

12/8/2016

article If Japan Legalizes Gambling, These 4 Companies Could Be Huge Winners
(Japan) -- In the constant race for governments to find a way to generate tax revenue, gambling always ends up as the proverbial last resort. But when used properly, not...
article Japan bill faces higher hurdles in upper house: analysts
(Japan) -- A bill legalising casino gaming in Japan will face higher hurdles in the upper house of the country’s parliament, say investment analysts covering the...
article Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and opposition clash over proposed casino bill
(Japan) -- Gaming analysts and political pundits have predicted that Japan could lift the ban on the gambling industry as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal...
article Editorial: Casino legislation on the fast track
(Japan) -- Legislation to legalize casinos — which lawmakers in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition seek to ram through the Diet by the middle of...
article Editorial: Rush to pass casino resort bill unacceptable
(Japan) -- This is what's called running roughshod. A bill to create "integrated resorts" centered on casinos has been put to debate in the House of...

12/7/2016

article Regions hop on casino bandwagon, but move blasted amid gambling addiction fears
(Japan) -- As the Liberal Democratic Party and conservative opposition’s Nippon Ishin no Kai rush to pass legislation to legalize casino gambling, regional...

12/6/2016

article Japan passes bill to lift ban on casinos
(Japan) -- Japan took a step towards legalising casinos on Tuesday, fulfilling a cherished ambition of Shinzo Abe and firing the starting gun on a race to control a...
article Legalized gambling likely to hit young adults the hardest
(Japan) -- On Tuesday, the Diet’s House of Representatives will vote on an LDP-backed bill that proposes to legalize casino gambling in Japan. If it passes, the...

12/5/2016

article Japan Passes Casino Bill
(Japan) -- Only weeks ago, analysts in the know said Japan’s long-stalled casino bill was unlikely to pass during an extraordinary legislative session that ended...

12/4/2016

article Ministers to Vote on Japanese Casino Regulation
(Japan) -- Japanese casino regulation could become a reality in the coming weeks thanks to a push by the Liberal Democratic Party. As it stands, live casinos are...

12/3/2016

article Rush vote on Japan casino bill leaves doubts
(Japan) -- Legislation to legalize casino gambling in Japan passed a lower house committee Friday after minimal debate, over objections by opposition parties and even a...
article UPDATE2: Casino bill clears Japan Diet panel after rapid deliberation
(Japan) -- A bill to legalize forms of casino gambling in Japan passed a lower house committee Friday, following a deliberation period that totaled a matter of hours...

12/2/2016

article Lower House panel clears casino bill; opposition walks out in protest
(Japan) -- A Lower House committee on Friday approved a contentious bill paving the way for Japan to legalize casinos for the first time despite persistent public...

12/1/2016

article Casino bill passes Diet panel after Komeito agrees to vote
(Japan) -- A bill to legalize forms of casino gambling in Japan passed a lower house committee Friday, after ruling coalition partner Komeito withdrew its earlier...

11/30/2016

article Japanese Diet debate begins on casino bill despite split views in coalition
(Japan) -- Deliberations began in the Diet on Wednesday on a bill to legalize casino gambling in Japan, with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party hoping to enact the bill...

11/29/2016

article Japan Reopens Debate on Legislation to Legalize Casinos
(Japan) -- Japanese lawmakers reopened debate Wednesday afternoon on a bill to legalize casinos, opening the possibility the legislation will be passed as soon as next...

11/23/2016

article Forget Vegas and Macau -- This Is Where Casinos Are Placing Their Bets
(Japan) -- Casinos look like they may be on the rebound in both Las Vegas and Macau, but you can forget those two gambling meccas. The smart money seems to be betting...

11/22/2016

article Gaming heavy hitters remain poised for Japan to consider allowing casino gambling
(Japan) -- Gaming heavy hitters such as Las Vegas Sands, Genting Singapore, MGM, and Hard Rock along with local companies such as Sega Sammy, HIS and Konami remain...

11/19/2016

article Tokyo cops: High-stakes Kabukicho casino funded yakuza
(Japan) -- Tokyo Metropolitan Police have busted a casino operating illegally in Shinjuku Ward that funded organized crime, reports TV Asahi (Nov. 18).

11/18/2016

article Kazuo Okada’s Universal Entertainment loses defamation case against Reuters Japan
(Japan) -- Billionaire Kazuo Okada, the chairman of Japanese based Universal Entertainment, had filed a case against the Japanese division of Thomson Reuters Corp and...

11/17/2016

article Japan's Universal Entertainment loses defamation appeal against Reuters
(Japan) -- Japan's Universal Entertainment Corp <6425.T> lost an appeal on Thursday in its defamation suit against Reuters, as a court upheld a lower court...

11/15/2016

article Japan's casino bill likely to be postponed until 2017
(Japan) -- Proposed legislation that would legalize casino gaming in Japan is reportedly not likely to pass through the current session of the Asian nation’s...

11/14/2016

article Morgan Stanley: Japan casino bill unlikely to pass this year
(Japan) -- Almost everyone has caught the optimism bug on the passage of Japan casino bill. All except international brokerage firm Morgan Stanley. The investment bank...

11/5/2016

article Casino giants are eying Japan for its next big gaming market
(Japan) -- The emergence of Macau as the world's largest gaming market has led the industry to wonder what untapped markets there are around the world, particularly...
article Japan Casino Vote Next Week: Las Vegas Sands, MGM, Wynn Could See Quick Bounce
(Japan) -- As far back as 2010, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been a cheerleader for the introduction of integrated casino resorts in that nation. Originally...
article Japanese politicians hear from casino proponents
(Japan) -- Senior political figures were on hand earlier this week as the Japan Academy Of Integrated Resort And Gaming Studies held its 13th annual meeting at a Tokyo...

11/4/2016

article Casino Giants Hope Japan Will Be Asia's Next Gaming Boom
(Japan) -- The emergence of Macau as the world's largest gaming market has led the industry to wonder what untapped markets there are around the world, particularly...

11/2/2016

article MGM Resorts’ Jim Murren Hopes to Build a $10 Billion Japanese Casino
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts International said it is prepared to invest $10 billion in a Japanese brick-and-mortar casino, if ever Japan approves casio gambling.

11/1/2016

article MGM Resorts prepared to bet $9.5B on potential Japan casino
(Japan) -- Japan’s plan to legalize casino gambling hasn’t made it to the legislative floor yet, but the country already has one suitor prepared to shell out...

10/31/2016

article How Will MGM Resorts (MGM) Stock React to Possible $10 Billion Bet on Japan Casino?
(New York) -- MGM Resorts Int'l (MGM) may invest nearly $10 billion into a Japanese casino through a publicly traded real estate investment trust, Reuters reports.
article MGM Resorts ready to bet up to US$10 billion on Japan casino, possibly via REIT
(Japan) -- Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International could plow almost US$10 billion into a Japanese casino via a publicly traded real estate investment trust, its chief...
article MGM Resorts ready to pledge up to $10bn on Japan casino
(Japan) -- Whilst casinos are currently illegal in Japan, the odds of their legalisation have improved dramatically due to political shifts that have the potential to...

10/28/2016

article Japan casino bill still an option
(Japan) -- As casinos may prove to be the next catalyst for financial growth following the 2020 Olympic Games, the Japanese Parliament could still debate a bill to...

10/25/2016

article Japan’s casino industry likely to become ‘next Singapore,’ analyst says
(Japan) -- It may not be the new Macau or Las Vegas, but if things go as planned, Japan’s casino trajectory may just follow that of Singapore, according to an...

10/23/2016

article Japan could overtake Singapore as Asian gaming hub as casino bill looms
(Japan) -- Japan could finally pass a long-awaited bill with the potential to transform the country into an international gaming destination, providing a fillip for the...
article Japan Debates the Prospect of Legalising Casino Resorts
(Japan) -- In Japan, there is a political battle underway that will determine whether or not the county legalises land-based casinos. At present, Japan’s ruling...

10/19/2016

article Las Vegas Casino Companies Keeping Close Tabs on Japan
(Japan) -- Las Vegas casino companies are actively monitoring ongoing developments in Japan and the possibility of the country easing its ban on land-based gambling.

10/7/2016

article Japan's LDP poised to push casino bill
(Japan) -- Japan's ruling party appears poised to re-submit the Bill for the Promotion of Integrated Resort Facilities, better known as the “Casino Bill,...

9/29/2016

article Wheels on casino bill slowly turning again
(Japan) -- A bill that would legalize casinos in Japan could be back on the table. Senior members of a suprapartisan group of lawmakers that crafted the bill held a...

9/24/2016

article Gang member held over baseball gambling involving ex-Giants players
(Japan) -- Police on Saturday arrested a senior member of a Japanese crime syndicate and two others for allegedly taking bets on baseball games, including from former...

9/14/2016

article Japan May Legalize Casinos This Fall
(Japan) -- For many years, a bill to legalize land-based casinos in Japan was deadlocked in the country's bicameral legislature, the National Diet, despite strong...
article Japanese Casino Bill Regains Momentum
(Japan) -- Japan, the Sleeping Giant of casino gaming, is once again considering legalizing casinos, opening up a market that could be the second biggest in the world...

9/13/2016

article Japan gears up for another push to legalize casino gambling
(Japan) -- Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but Japan is gearing up for another push to legalize casino gambling. On Tuesday, the Financial Times reported...
article Japan in renewed push to legalise casinos
(Japan) -- A push by gambling groups to legalise casinos in Japan and create an industry worth an estimated $40bn a year will come to a head this month in what could be...

8/11/2016

article New Tokyo governor supports idea of opening a casino
(Japan) -- Tokyo’s first woman governor, Yuriko Koike, is in favor of opening a recreational complex, including a casino, in the Japanese capital, however, before...

8/9/2016

article Tokyo’s new governor supports casino resort for city
(Japan) -- Yuriko Koike, the recently-elected first female governor of Tokyo, supports the idea of opening a casino venue in the Japanese capital, she said in an...

7/31/2016

article They’re Back!
(Japan) -- Once again, the subject that was dead and buried has risen. Gaming in Japan is not only a possibility again, but could arise front and center in the...

7/28/2016

article Japan casino idea back from dead: Union Gaming
(Japan) -- The question of legalising casino gaming in Japan could be “back from the dead” following changes in the country’s political landscape since...

6/3/2016

article Pachinko: How to Play the Japanese Gaming Machines Online
(Japan) -- On a visit to Tokyo, tourists are often struck by the intriguing neon lit and hyper noisy buildings that line the banks of the city’s back streets.

4/29/2016

article Ex-Yomiuri Giants pitcher arrested on gambling charges
(Japan) -- Former Yomiuri Giants pitcher Shoki Kasahara was arrested Friday on charges that he helped organise baseball gambling, Tokyo police said, in a scandal which...

4/19/2016

article Japan player yanked from squad as casino scandal deepens
(Japan) -- Japan's crisis-hit national badminton team suffered a further blow Tuesday after another player was yanked from its roster in the wake of an illegal...

4/6/2016

article Japanese badminton stars linked to yakuza-backed casino
(Japan) -- The Olympic future of a Japanese badminton star is in serious jeopardy following revelations that he and another player visited an illegal casino supported by...

3/11/2016

article Japan minister wants tough action in gambling scandal
(Japan) -- Japan's professional baseball governing body should weed out those involved in a gambling scandal, the country's Sports Minister Hiroshi Hase said...

2/25/2016

article Japan Casinos Off The Table Despite Favorable Cards
(Japan) -- Often inscrutable Japan has taken the mystery out of the casino question for this year’s legislative session. Last month, the ruling Liberal Democratic...

1/22/2016

article Japan Casino Bill Passage to Be Delayed Further
(Japan) -- A bill for the legalization of casino gambling in Japan is not likely to be passed into law before the end of the current Diet session, local media reported.

1/21/2016

article Casino bill enactment to be deferred again
(Japan) -- Pro-casino lawmakers have given up on getting a bill to legalise casino gambling enacted during the current Diet session. Members of the ruling Liberal...
article Liberal Democratic Party Will Resume Gambling Bill in 2016
(Japan) -- Although Japan edged themselves closer to legalizing gambling another setback has occurred with the bill that would allow casino resorts to be built being...

1/18/2016

article Japan’s LDP not pursuing casino bill this session: report
(Japan) -- Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has decided not to pursue during the current session of the country’s parliament a bill to...

1/5/2016

article Japanese summer elections spell further delays for casino legislation progress
(Japan) -- Stop us if you’ve heard this one, but elections in Japan could push the prospects for passage of casino legislation to the second half of 2016 at the...

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