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Japanese lawmaker Akimoto to be re-arrested on further charges in 500.com bribery scandal

Japanese House of Representatives member Tsukasa Akimoto is set to be served with a fresh arrest warrant by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors’ Investigation Division as part of its ongoing investigation into the IR bribery scandal.

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9/24/2020

article Tokyo Prosecutor attempts to revoke bail of Akimoto in IR corruption case
(Japan) -- The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office requested on Wednesday that the Tokyo District Court revoke the bail of Tsukasa Akimoto, the House of...

9/21/2020

article Japan’s Online Casino Industry is Heating Up
(Japan) -- Gambling has existed for centuries. From prehistoric Chinese indulging in games of chance, to the ill-fated dice-throwing residents of Pompeii, to today...

9/18/2020

article A Pachinko Game on Anabolic Steroids
(Japan) -- That these two conditions exist side-by-side is a product of a relationship between anonymous interior spaces and the vivid objects they contain. This...

9/14/2020

article IR supporter Suga due to lead Japan after party poll win
(Japan) -- Yoshihide Suga (pictured), Japan’s chief cabinet secretary under outgoing prime minister Shinzo Abe, was elected on Monday as president of the country...
article Yoshihide Suga to become next Prime Minister of Japan after winning LDP vote
(Japan) -- Secretary of State Yoshihide Suga will become Japan’s 99th Prime Minister after winning a vote of his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) peers on Monday to...

9/10/2020

article Japan lawmaker implicated in casino graft case faces fresh charge
(Japan) -- A lawmaker already indicted for bribery in a casino graft scandal was served a fresh arrest warrant by prosecutors Wednesday on suspicion of further witness...

9/9/2020

article Japanese lawmaker implicated in casino graft scandal faces fresh charge
(Japan) -- A Japanese lawmaker already indicted for bribery in a casino graft scandal was served a fresh arrest warrant by prosecutors Wednesday on suspicion of further...

9/7/2020

article Abe’s Exit: The End of Japan IRs?
(Japan) -- The long campaign to bring legal casinos to Japan has faced repeated obstacles. The latest setback, coupled with the impact of the coronavirus, may spell the...

9/4/2020

article Japan likely to hit brakes on casino development
(Japan) -- The emergence of Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga as the all-but-certain next Prime Minister of Japan is good news for Japan’s pro-IR community....
article Second Osaka metropolis plan referendum may impact Osaka IR
(Japan) -- Osaka officials decided on Thursday to hold a referendum regarding the Osaka Metropolis Plan which would abolish the city of Osaka and reorganize it into four...

9/1/2020

article Nagasaki stalls casino RFP over pandemic, Abe not mentioned
(Japan) -- Nagasaki’s request-for-proposal (RFP) process for that Japanese prefecture’s tilt at hosting a casino resort, has been postponed indefinitely, a...
article Not Even MGM Resorts Is Sure Japan's Casino Market Is Worth It Anymore
(Japan) -- The hopes for legalized casino gambling in Japan may have been dashed after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced he is resigning his post due to health...

8/31/2020

article eSports and online gaming continue to boom in Japan amid COVID-19
(Japan) -- Despite the Coronavirus Pandemic which has greatly affected many industries in the world, esports and the gaming industry have been exceptionally resilient....

8/30/2020

article Abe's resignation to complicate casino development in Japan
(Japan) -- The resignation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to complicate an already stalled plan to introduce casino resorts in the country. In parliamentary...
article Shinzo Abe Is Quitting, and Leaving a Trail of Scandals Behind
(Japan) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s announcement on Friday that he would resign because of poor health was a rather abrupt end for a supposedly strong leader....

8/29/2020

article Foreign casino operators fault uncertain rules for Japan pullout
(Japan) -- Multiple foreign casino operators are canceling or putting on hold plans to enter Japan, moves that underscore grimmer prospects for a market that many...
article Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Shock Resignation Spells Uncertainty for Casino Market: Analyst
(Japan) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday announced his resignation with one year left of his term in office, citing health problems. The 65-year-old whose...

8/28/2020

article Japan consortium partners free to change operators even after winning local approval: Kokuryo
(Japan) -- The prospect of more international casino operators dropping out of Japan’s IR race doesn’t mean that their already established consortia’s...
article Japan IR submission deadline likely to be extended by six to 12 months, impacted by Macau re-tendering timeline
(Japan) -- Japan’s national government will almost certainly extend the timeline for submissions to develop one of the country’s first integrated resorts by...

8/26/2020

article Ex-Chinese firm advisers admit to bribing lawmaker over casino
(Japan) -- Two former advisers of a Chinese gambling operator admitted to bribing a Japanese lawmaker in order to join Japan's nascent casino market during their...

8/25/2020

article Osaka pauses casino tilt effort amid Covid-19 disruptions
(Japan) -- Hirofumi Yoshimura, the governor of Japan’s Osaka prefecture, has respectively confirmed to journalists that the prefecture and its associated urban...

8/24/2020

article Japan lawmaker denies hand in witness bribery in casino graft scandal
(Japan) -- A lawmaker charged with bribery has denied allegations that he offered witnesses money to falsely testify in court in connection with a casino graft scandal,...

8/22/2020

article Arrested lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto's fingerprints found on bills offered as bribes
(Japan) -- Prosecutors have found evidence suggesting a lawmaker charged with bribery over a proposed casino resort offered money to witnesses to give false testimony in...

8/14/2020

article French casino group Partouche to join forces with Pixel to run Japan resort
(Japan) -- French casino company Groupe Partouche <PARP.PA> will join forces with Japanese group Pixel Companyz <2743.T> to develop a new resort in Japan...

8/11/2020

article Japan Delaying Integrated Resort Timeline Comes as Little Surprise
(Japan) -- The Japan central government has confirmed it’s reviewing the possibility of introducing changes to its integrated resort (IR) time line because of...

8/7/2020

article Basic policy key issue for Japan IR suitors says go-between
(Japan) -- The timing of Japan’s national so-called basic policy on integrated resorts (IRs), as casino complexes are known in that county, is one of the main...

8/4/2020

article Operators' Japan IR appetite unchanged despite Covid-19
(Japan) -- One in five businesses considering bidding for one of Japan's three integrated resort (IR) licences say they are “less interested” in the...

8/2/2020

article Casino giant Wynn closes Yokohama office amid license delay
(Japan) -- Wynn Resorts Ltd. said it closed its Yokohama office after plans for Japan to award casino licenses were delayed but remains interested in the project....
article Japan delays plans to open up for casino resorts
(Japan) -- The coronavirus pandemic is increasingly making uncertain the future of Japan's project to set up integrated resorts that include casinos. The government...

8/1/2020

article Plan for casino-related facilities uncertain
(Japan) -- The coronavirus pandemic is increasingly making uncertain the future of Japan's project to set up integrated resorts that include casinos. The government...

7/31/2020

article MGM Resorts not ‘all-in’ on Osaka IR investment: Hornbuckle
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle says the company is not ‘all-in’ on plans to develop an integrated resort in Osaka as it prepares to...

7/20/2020

article Japan casino basic policy delay to Aug or later: report
(Japan) -- The Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported on Monday, citing a national government-linked source, that Japan’s national so-called basic policy on integrated...

7/19/2020

article “The Don of Hama” demands rethink on Yokohama IR development
(Japan) -- Former Chairman of the Yokohama Port Transportation Association, Yukio “The Don of Hama” Fujiki, continues to criticize Mayor Fumiko Hayashi...

7/16/2020

article Yokohama city releases video explaining IR bid in place of cancelled briefings
(Japan) -- Yokohama city released a video on 14 July about the city’s IR bid, in which Mayor Fumiko Hayashi describes the city’s efforts toward the bid and...

7/14/2020

article JIRA conducting industry survey to study impact of COVID-19 on Japan’s IR development
(Japan) -- The Japan IR Association (JIRA) has launched a survey to study the impact of COVID-19 on the nation’s IR development. The survey, which will run until...
article Lawmaker received ¥1 million in casino bribery scandal
(Japan) -- A Japanese ruling party lawmaker has admitted to receiving ¥1 million ($9,300) from a Chinese gambling operator interested in joining Japan’s...
article Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry survey shows 77.5% decline in pachinko revenue in May
(Japan) -- Japan’s pachinko hall revenue declined 77.5% year-on-year in May, according to a preliminary report released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and...

7/12/2020

article Pachinko: 100 parlors reopen nationwide
(Japan) -- As the novel coronavirus pandemic began to unfold in earnest in February, some overseas media used the word “obedient” to describe Japanese people...

7/10/2020

article Ex-Top Tokyo Prosecutor Escapes Indictment over Gambling
(Japan) -- Public prosecutors on Friday decided not to indict former top Tokyo prosecutor Hiromu Kurokawa, who has been accused of playing mahjong for money, including...

7/6/2020

article Nagasaki IR operator recruitment expected to start by end of July
(Japan) -- Nagasaki prefecture has announced it will start operator recruitment for its IR bid by the end of the month. According to the Nagasaki Shimbun, an official...
article Yokohama mayor keen to announce IR implementation policy in August
(Japan) -- Yokohama city mayor, Fumiko Hayashi, has issued a statement urging the central government to push ahead with releasing its basic policy on IRs so the...

7/3/2020

article The Japanese casino market has the potential to be successful
(Japan) -- The perennially packed pachinko parlours would lead one to think that Japan has a gambling culture, that Japanese online casinos are thriving and that it is...

7/2/2020

article Casinos Austria seek Nagasaki IR license
(Japan) -- Casinos Austria International will enter the bidding race for a Japanese casino resort licence, should Nagasaki land an integrated resort (IR) spot in the...
article COVID-19 contingency, casino dress codes among amendments to Yokohama’s “IR direction”
(Japan) -- At the city council standing committee this week, the City of Yokohama announced an amendment to the “Yokohama IR Direction,” which lays out the...

6/30/2020

article Yokohama delays IR plans as Japan’s gambling momentum stalls
(Japan) -- A year ago, everyone expected Japan’s new gambling environment to be highly evolved by now. Scandals and global pandemics have gotten in the way, though...

6/29/2020

article Investors still keen on Yokohama IR bid: officials
(Japan) -- International casino operators are still interested in pursuing an integrated resort (IR) scheme in Japan’s Yokohama city, said some of the city’s...

6/23/2020

article Osaka authorities affirm delay to casino RFP deadline
(Japan) -- The Osaka prefecture and city authorities confirmed on Tuesday they had extended the deadline for the request-for-proposal (RFP) process in their tilt at...

6/15/2020

article What is mahjong gambling, and when is it punishable in Japan?
(Japan) -- The Mainichi Shimbun answers some common questions readers may have concerning mahjong gambling following the resignation of Japan's No. 2 prosecutor for...

6/13/2020

article Prosecutor gambling scandal lifts veil on press access in Japan
(Japan) -- A citizens’ group has filed a criminal complaint against former head Tokyo prosecutor Hiromu Kurokawa, who resigned after a weekly magazine reported he...

6/6/2020

article Osaka IR Process Further Delayed Due to Travel Restrictions
(Japan) -- Osaka officials have decided to push back the deadline for the prefecture’s request-for-proposal (RFP) regarding the selection of a private sector...

6/5/2020

article Osaka pushes back full IR opening date to 2027
(Japan) -- Mayor Ichiro Matsui has revealed that Osaka’s long-planned integrated resort facility won’t open until at least 2027, and possibly as late as 2028...
article When will Japan’s Basic Policy for IRs finally arrive?
(Japan) -- The government will postpone a decision on the IR Basic Policy until after July, the Nikkei reports. However, the Nikkei does not reveal its source and there...

6/2/2020

article Sega Sammy cash-cautious over Japan casino resort tilt
(Japan) -- Japanese entertainment conglomerate Sega Sammy Holdings Inc says that amid the Covid-19 pandemic it intends to exercise “sound cash management”...

6/1/2020

article Wakayama delays expectations for IR bid selection process
(Japan) -- While the global pandemic has ruined the plans for many things, Japan’s integrated resort (IR) process has chugged along, with most parties pretty...

5/30/2020

article Asahi Shimbun employee suspended for 1 month over gambling scandal
(Japan) -- Asahi Shimbun Co has suspended a 50-year-old employee for a month after he was found gambling with Japan's second-highest ranking prosecutor and reporters...

5/27/2020

article Kansai leader suggests Osaka may need to “reassess” IR plans
(Japan) -- Osaka may need to reassess its plans for an integrated resort, including potentially downsizing its previous investment expectations, as a result of the...
article Japan Betting on Integrated Resort Development to Fuel COVID Recovery
(Japan) -- Japan will not slow its progression of three integrated resort (IR) casinos due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the country plans to use the licensing...

5/24/2020

article Japan's top prosecutor quits as he fails to socially distance at gambling
(Japan) -- Tokyo’s top prosecutor has resigned after he was caught gambling during Japan’s nationwide coronavirus state of emergency. Hiromu Kurokawa, chief...

5/23/2020

article Japan dailies apologize over gambling scandal linked to prosecutor
(Japan) -- Two major Japanese dailies admitted Friday that some of their employees had played mahjong for money and apologized to the public over a gambling scandal that...

5/21/2020

article Head of Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office alleged to have gambled illegally during state of emergency
(Japan) -- Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito have called for the resignation of Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office head...
article Tokyo's Top Prosecutor Quits Over Gambling Scandal
(Japan) -- The chief of the Tokyo prosecutors' office has submitted his resignation after being accused of gambling during the coronavirus lockdown, Japanese media...

5/20/2020

article Japan on Course with IR Casino Bill
(Japan) -- All over the world, more and more countries are becoming aware of the increasing growth of the gambling industry both in terms of brick and mortar...
article Top Tokyo Prosecutor Kurokawa Hit by Gambling Scandal, Urged to Resign
(Japan) -- Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office head Hiromu Kurokawa faced a weekly magazine allegation on Wednesday that he played mahjong for money earlier this month...

5/19/2020

article Aichi uncovers illegal gambling, arresting 23 on suspicion of betting on baccarat
(Japan) -- Aichi prefecture police raided an illegal casino called “Q” in Nagoya city on suspicion of operating a gambling venue for profit. A total of 23 staff and...

5/16/2020

article Withdrawal by Las Vegas Sands a major setback for Japan's casino efforts
(Japan) -- The announcement last week by Las Vegas Sands Corp. that it was withdrawing from its quest to build an integrated casino resort is a major setback in Japan...

5/15/2020

article In Japan, busy pachinko gambling parlors defy virus vigilantes and country’s light-touch lockdown
(Japan) -- The man with the microphone screamed at people as they entered a gambling hall in Chiba just outside Tokyo. “Hey, hey, you, go back home,” Reiwa...

5/14/2020

article Las Vegas Sands: Japan Pullout Could Signal Adelson Cross Hairs At Wynn
(Japan) -- Nobody is a more adept timer of pregnant opportunities than Sheldon Adelson. The Japan initiative evolves with poor ROI prospects, so he waves bye bye and...
article New playing field in Japan gaming pursuit
(Japan) -- Nomura Instinet dives into the dramatic decision by Las Vegas Sands (LVS +2.7%) to pull out of the competition to develop an integrated resort in Japan.
article Some loud, smoky pachinko parlors defy Japan’s shutdown
(Japan) -- Pachinko defies easy description. Imagine if a pinball machine and a slot machine had a baby — an incredibly loud baby that bleeps and jingles and lures...

5/13/2020

article Las Vegas Sands Folds on Plans to Expand to Japan
(Japan) -- Las Vegas Sands, the world’s largest casino company, is folding its hand and walking away from its decades-long bet on expanding to Japan.
article Japan's casino plans remain dicey after Las Vegas Sands pullout
(Japan) -- Japan's legalization of casinos two years ago was supposed to usher in a golden age of gaming tourism with top names from the industry. But the sudden...

5/12/2020

article Las Vegas Sands Gives Up on $10 Billion Japan Casino Project
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp., the world’s largest casino company, is dropping its pursuit of a license in Japan, ending a multidecade quest for what was...
article Las Vegas Sands plans in Japan are ‘unreachable,’ Adelson says
(Japan) -- Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson has decided to stray from plans to open a resort in Japan. In a release issued late Tuesday, the resort...

5/11/2020

article Suncity the Sole Bidder for Wakayama IR
(Japan) -- Macau junket investor Suncity Group is actively pursuing an integrated resort (IR) in Japan—and they’re alone right now. A Japan subsidiary of the...

5/1/2020

article MGM Resorts still fully committed to Japan IR: Hornbuckle
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts remains fully committed to pursuing an IR bid in Japan despite the added pressure being placed on its global resources by COVID-19, according to...

4/29/2020

article Osaka issues upgraded “instruction to close” to rogue pachinko hall
(Japan) -- Osaka prefecture governor, Hirofumi Yoshimura, has indicated he is considering closure instructions based on the revised Act on Special Measures for Pandemic...

4/27/2020

article Tokyo Expected to Enter Integrated Resort Bidding, Overhaul Casino Operators’ Proposal Strategies
(Japan) -- Tokyo is expected to soon announce its candidacy to land one of Japan’s three forthcoming integrated resorts (IR), and analysts say that will overhaul...

4/21/2020

article Japan considering stronger action as pachinko parlors ignore calls to suspend operations
(Japan) -- Japan’s Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization, Yasutoshi Nishimura, says the government is considering taking stronger action against certain...
article Japan losing patience with its crowded pachinko parlors
(Japan) -- Japan’s pachinko operators could be in for a bruising if they don’t start respecting the government’s call for social distancing measures to...

4/16/2020

article Casino seeker Japan declares national Covid-19 emergency
(Japan) -- Japan’s government said on Thursday it was extending across the whole country a state of emergency in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic and its...

4/15/2020

article Yokohama to delay local casino policy, RFP by 2 months
(Japan) -- The authorities in Japan’s Yokohama city (pictured) are to delay by two months the respective timing for two important parts of the metropolis’...

4/14/2020

article Japan Government Will Field Integrated Resort Bids January Through June 2021
(Japan) -- Japan will not afford prefectures and cities interested in obtaining one of the three available integrated resort (IR) licenses additional time to submit...

4/8/2020

article Japan Racing Association says horse racing to continue without spectators
(Japan) -- The Japan Racing Association (JRA) announced on Wednesday that it will continue to hold horse racing events with no spectators after a state of emergency was...
article Pachinko operator Okura Holdings says no plans to shut halls
(Japan) -- Okura Holdings, one of Japan’s largest pachinko operators, stated on Wednesday that it has no plans to shutter any of its 17 pachinko halls after...
article Smoking rooms the new norm as IRs, pachinko to be impacted by Japan indoor smoking ban
(Japan) -- On 1 April 2020, a law in Japan amending a section of the Health Promotion Law was fully implemented. According to the revised law, it is now necessary to set...

4/7/2020

article Japan to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Osaka and four other prefectures
(Japan) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Monday that he will declare a state of emergency on Tuesday 7 April 2020 based on Japan’s Special Measures Law in...
article Nagasaki Prefecture publishes Kyushu-Nagasaki IR Basic Concept as RFP process nears
(Japan) -- Nagasaki prefecture published on Monday the Kyushu-Nagasaki IR Basic Concept and overview as it edges closer to selecting its operator partner. The basic...

4/6/2020

article Japan State of Emergency Declarations Likely to Impact Tokyo, Osaka Casino Timelines
(Japan) -- Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to declare state of emergencies for several major cities including Tokyo and Osaka due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

4/1/2020

article Coronavirus casts shadow over Japan's timeline for casino resorts
(Japan) -- With the Diet focused on responding to the worsening spread of COVID-19, the timeline for the central government to approve the nation’s first casino...

3/30/2020

article Wakayama launches operator recruitment process
(Japan) -- Wakayama prefecture announced on Monday that the guidelines for IR operators as part of its bid have been published and that it will now begin the recruitment...

3/29/2020

article Osaka puts back RFP deadline by three months
(Japan) -- Osaka prefecture said on Friday that a key phase in the city’s effort on a possible casino resort would be put back by three months. The Osaka...

3/25/2020

article Yokohama Is Setting Aside $3.6 Million for Integrated Resort Plans
(Japan) -- Japan’s second-largest city behind Tokyo is competing with several other large metropolitan areas, including the capitol city and Osaka, to become home...

3/24/2020

article Yokohama votes US$3.6mln for casino resort promotion
(Japan) -- A plenary session of Yokohama city council voted on Tuesday to allocate JPY400 million (US$3.6 million) for the metropolis’ effort to get a casino...

3/22/2020

article Japan’s COVID-19 Outbreak Won’t Stop Integrated Resorts
(Japan) -- With the world bracing for the next recession and governments shutting down completely in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, Japan has...

3/16/2020

article Local council in Nagasaki claims IR briefings are insufficient
(Japan) -- In light of Nagasaki prefecture and Sasebo city’s efforts to develop an IR at Huis Ten Bosch, the Egami area local joint council – a locality...

3/12/2020

article Yokohama authorities unveil draft IR implementation policy
(Japan) -- Authorities in the Japanese city of Yokohama (pictured) disclosed on Thursday a draft outline for the city’s integrated resort (IR) implementation...

3/8/2020

article Japan MP’s arrest stokes doubts over casino vision
(Japan) -- When Hiroyuki Minakami heard that a leading MP for Japan’s ruling party had been arrested on suspicion of taking bribes from a Chinese gaming company,...

2/24/2020

article Japan's casino bribery scandal deals Abe a tough hand
(Japan) -- A few hundred meters from the constituency office of Japan's top government spokesman, a group of about 150 Yokohama residents braved the rain to protest...

2/23/2020

article Atlantic City blues or Macao boom: Casino lessons for Japan
(Japan) -- Atlantic City went from a casino boom town to a cautionary tale. Macao and Singapore, meanwhile, continue to reap billions of dollars in investment in...
article MGM Resorts' Chances for a Casino License in Japan Just Got a Major Boost
(Japan) -- It looks like MGM Resorts is the last man standing in the bid to win a casino license in Osaka, Japan, after Genting Singapore dropped out of the race. While...

2/21/2020

article Wakayama publishes IR implementation policy draft
(Japan) -- Wakayama prefecture, which has announced its IR bid, published its implementation policy draft on Thursday, including the criteria for operators. This is the...

2/20/2020

article Gambling addiction may be covered by Japan public health scheme
(Japan) -- The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare recently received a list of proposals for various public health insurance treatments, which included group...
article Japan to offer public health insurance for problem gambling
(Japan) -- As Japanese lawmakers tackle the issue of legalized casinos and integrated resorts, a subject that has been mired in controversy and allegations of bribery,...

2/17/2020

article Akimoto says was not bribed by Japan IR lobbyists
(Japan) -- Japanese politician Tsukasa Akimoto - charged on two occasions recently with bribery but released on bail last week regarding alleged payments from a Chinese...

2/16/2020

article Osaka selects MGM Resorts as its IR partner
(Japan) -- After years of speculation, analysis, controversy and bidding, the process of licencing the Japanese Integrated Resort (IR) finally gets down to some tough...

2/15/2020

article Lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto claims innocence in casino bribery cases
(Japan) -- A lawmaker charged with bribery asserted his innocence on Friday, saying he did not take any bribes from a Chinese company interested in Japan’s nascent...
article MGM Resorts-led syndicate expected to win Osaka Casino Project
(Japan) -- Earlier on Friday, the 14th of February 2020, the Japanese Government had issued a statement saying that a consortium led by the US entertainment industry...

2/14/2020

article MGM Resorts now last man standing in Osaka after rivals fail to submit qualified bids
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts appears to be the last man standing to develop an integrated resort in Osaka after the Osaka Prefectural Government announced on Friday that the...
article MGM Resorts-Led Consortium Named as Lead Bidder for Osaka Casino Project
(Japan) -- A consortium led by U.S. entertainment giant MGM Resorts International has been named as the lead bidder for an integrated casino complex in Osaka, the local...
article Lawmaker claims innocence in casino bribery cases
(Japan) -- A Japanese lawmaker charged with bribery asserted his innocence on Friday, saying he did not take any bribes from a Chinese company interested in Japan's...
article Addictions therapist questions why Nova Scotia Gaming Corp. runs gambling literacy campaign
(Nova Scotia) -- A gambling addictions therapist has doubts about a gambling literacy campaign being developed for the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (NSGC). Elizabeth...

2/13/2020

article Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, indicted for casino bribery, released on bail
(Japan) -- Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, who was indicted on charges of taking bribes from a Chinese company interested in entering Japan’s nascent casino...

2/12/2020

article Japan gambles on casinos to fix its economic woes
(Japan) -- By the end of the 2020s, large-scale casinos will arrive in Japan where gambling is strictly prohibited by law and not favoured in opinion polls. There is...
article Japanese lawmaker indicted for casino bribery released on bail
(Japan) -- A Japanese lawmaker who was indicted on charges of taking bribes from a Chinese company interested in entering Japan’s nascent casino market was released...

2/9/2020

article Court sets bail for Japanese lawmaker held over casino bribery case at 30 mil. yen
(Japan) -- A Japanese lawmaker charged with taking bribes from a Chinese firm, which was seeking to open a casino resort in Japan, was granted bail on Feb. 10, with the...

2/6/2020

article Genting Singapore shareholders back firm’s Japanese casino initiative
(Japan) -- Shareholders for the Genting Singapore subsidiary of Asian gambling giant Genting Malaysia Berhad have reportedly overwhelmingly voted to support the firm...

2/4/2020

article Lawmaker indicted again for corruption over casino
(Japan) -- Tokyo prosecutors have indicted a Japanese lawmaker for a second time on charges of accepting bribes involving casino resorts. Tsukasa Akimoto was indicted on...

2/3/2020

article Japan lawmaker at center of casino bribery probe indicted on new charge
(Japan) -- A lawmaker at the heart of a bribery scandal involving a Chinese gambling operator seeking to enter Japan’s forthcoming casino market was indicted...
article Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office indicts Tsukasa Akimoto for third time on additional bribery charges
(Japan) -- The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office indicted member of the House of Representatives, Tsukasa Akimoto, on Monday on additional bribery charges,...
article Nagasaki to hold IR operator interviews this month
(Japan) -- Nagasaki prefecture and Sasebo city have announced that they will conduct interviews with candidate IR operators later this month, on 21 and 22 February, with...
article Japan Gaming Congress to become part of ICE Asia
(Japan) -- The Japan Gaming Congress will no longer be held in Tokyo this year, with organizer Clarion Events announcing on Monday that the annual conference will...

1/31/2020

article 1st IR Expo in Yokohama attracts 10,000 visitors
(Japan) -- Despite a politely conducted protest held outside PACIFICO Yokohama on Wednesday and a speech by Deputy Governor Toshihide Hirahara being briefly interrupted...
article Galaxy Entertainment Japan seeking “license from society” to develop Yokohama IR
(Japan) -- Galaxy Entertainment Japan has stressed the importance it places on partnering with the local community, while emphasizing the benefits of its strong...
article Kitakyushu No Longer Wants To Vie for Japanese Casino License
(Japan) -- Kitakyushu is the latest city in Japan to drop out of the intense competition to land one of three gaming licenses to be awarded by the national government.

1/30/2020

press release Glancy Prongay & Murray Reminds Investors of Looming Deadline in the Class Action Lawsuit Against 500.com Limited
(Japan) -- Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP ("GPM") reminds investors of the upcoming March 16, 2020 deadline to file a lead plaintiff motion in the class...
article Yokohama Deputy Mayor Hirahara Sees Integrated Resort as Key to Lifting Tourism, Revenue
(Japan) -- Yokohama Deputy Mayor Toshihide Hirahara said an integrated resort will drive new tourism to Japan’s second-largest city and bolster tax revenue.

1/29/2020

article Casino operators remain bullish in Japan despite bribery arrest
(Japan) -- Casino operators hoping to become first movers in Japan are putting on an optimistic front, despite the postponement of the release of a regulatory framework...
article Casino operators woo wary Japanese public after bribery scandal
(Japan) -- Global casino operators sought to win over a wary Japanese public at an exhibition on Wednesday in the city of Yokohama, after the arrest of a ruling party...
article Hong Kong's Melco Cooperating With Japan Casino Bribery Probe-Source
(Japan) -- Hong Kong casino operator Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd is cooperating with Japanese prosecutors in a widening bribery investigation of a senior...
article Sega Sammy Holdings Incorporated selects Yokohama casino race partner
(Japan) -- In Japan and local pachinko innovator, Sega Sammy Holdings Incorporated, has reportedly inked a deal that could see British architecture firm Foster and...

1/27/2020

article Abe nixes probe into casino scandal, evasive on other issues
(Japan) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dismissed opposition calls for an investigation into suspicions that overseas casino operators had sought to influence key officials...

1/26/2020

article Melco Resorts’ Tokyo office raided as corruption probe widens
(Japan) -- Casino operator Melco Resorts & Entertainment (MRE) has reportedly found itself caught up in a growing political corruption scandal in Japan. On Friday,...
article Melco to open up on Japan raids
(Japan) -- Melco and 500.com are both among the gambling groups bidding for the rights to build three integrated casino resorts (IR) in Japan. Melco established a...
article 1st Japan IR Expo in Yokohama kicks off this week
(Japan) -- Yokohama will host its first major integrated resorts trade exhibition and conference this week when the 1st IR Expo in Yokohama kicks off at PACIFICO...

1/24/2020

article Indicted lawmaker went on Macau shopping spree on Chinese gambling firm's dime: source
(Japan) -- A former Cabinet minister accused of taking bribes from a Chinese gambling company hoping to get in on planned "integrated" casino resorts in Japan...
article Abe hints that rules of contact with IR operators may be incorporated into Basic Policy
(Japan) -- The rules of contact between IR operators and government officials are under consideration, according to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in comments made at the...

1/23/2020

article Melco’s Tokyo office raided by Public Prosecutor as Akimoto scandal deepens
(Japan) -- Sparks from the Akimoto IR bribery scandal have now spread to major IR operators. Local Japanese major media outlets NHK News Web, The Sankei News, The Nikkei...
article Japan delays naming of sites for 3 future resort-casinos
(Japan) -- Japanese officials have delayed naming the sites for three future resort-casinos. Japan plans to issue three licenses that would allow selected operators to...

1/22/2020

article Japan Delaying Casino Law to Consider Anticorruption Regulations
(Japan) -- Japan lawmakers are pushing back the timeframe on formalizing the country’s Basic Policy casino law to allow additional time to review anticorruption...

1/20/2020

article Apologetic ex-ministers, lawmakers keep quiet on details of scandals
(Japan) -- Former cabinet ministers and lawmakers involved in gift and money scandals apologized again on Monday as they returned to parliament for an ordinary session,...
article Japan may delay process for selecting casino resort host cities amid bribery scandal
(Japan) -- The government is considering delaying the process for selecting casino host cities amid a bribery scandal that has seen the arrest of a ruling-party lawmaker...
article Genting Singapore sets maximum US$10 billion investment in Japan IR
(Japan) -- Genting Singapore, operator of Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa, has revealed a maximum budget of US$10 billion for development of an integrated resort...

1/19/2020

article Japan opposition submits bill to scrap casino laws amid bribery scandal
(Japan) -- Four major Japanese opposition parties introduced a bill to scrap laws on casino-featuring integrated resorts to the Diet on Monday as it convened a 150-day...

1/18/2020

article Casino bribes scandal threatens to upend Diet debate as public opposition climbs
(Japan) -- Just a month ago, the Diet session opening Monday was expected to hotly debate but ultimately approve more specific measures on how Japan will operate what...

1/16/2020

article Osaka Prohibits Even Brief Meetings Between Government Workers, Casino Companies Amid Akimoto Scandal Cloud
(Japan) -- Lawmakers in Osaka are implementing a new policy barring meetings between city and prefecture workers and gaming company representatives in response to a...

1/15/2020

article OP/ED: Japanese gov't should reconsider casino resort plan in light of bribery scandal
(Japan) -- House of Representatives legislator Tsukasa Akimoto was hit with another arrest warrant by special investigators at the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors...

1/14/2020

article Indicted Japan lawmaker Akimoto took China trip run by gambling firm: source
(Japan) -- Suspicions are growing that the former Japanese government lead on casino resort policy took a December 2017 trip to China to cozy up to the same Chinese...
article Japanese lawmaker Akimoto to be re-arrested on further charges in 500.com bribery scandal
(Japan) -- Japanese House of Representatives member Tsukasa Akimoto is set to be served with a fresh arrest warrant by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors’...
article Gambling addiction to be covered by Japan’s public health insurance
(Japan) -- Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare have indicated that gambling addictions will be covered by public health insurance from April of this year...

1/13/2020

article Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto indicted and faces fresh bribe allegation in case linked to Chinese casino firm
(Japan) -- The lawmaker who spearheaded the country’s casino resort policy was indicted Tuesday on a bribery charge and served with a fresh arrest warrant for allegedly...

1/12/2020

article Ex-adviser brought ¥20 mil in cash to Japan in casino scandal
(Japan) -- A former adviser to a Chinese gambling operator involved in an alleged casino-bribery scandal is suspected to have brought more than 20 million yen ($207,000...
article Three opposition parties form joint bid to abolish Japan’s IR Development Act and Promotion Act
(Japan) -- Amid the 500.com bribery scandal currently enveloping Japan’s IR industry, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, Democratic Party for the People...
article Japan’s Casino Administration Committee holds inaugural meeting
(Japan) -- The Casino Administration Committee, Japan’s newly created regulatory body that will oversee the nation’s IRs, held its first meeting on Friday....

1/11/2020

article Japan's Casino Regulatory Commission holds its first meeting amid bribery scandal
(Japan) -- The government’s Casino Regulatory Commission held its first meeting Friday against the backdrop of a high-profile bribery scandal related to so-called...
article Over 70% want gov't to review casino plans amid bribery scandal: Kyodo poll
(Japan) -- More than 70 percent of people want the government to review plans to build casinos in Japan, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday, following a bribery scandal...

1/10/2020

article Scandal-hit lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto to be slapped with fresh warrant over Chinese bribes
(Japan) -- A fresh arrest warrant will be served for lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto on suspicion he received bribes from a Chinese company beyond those detailed in his first...

1/9/2020

article Foreign Bribery Scandal Muddies Japan’s Casino Legalization Gamble
(Japan) -- In December 2016, the Japanese Diet passed the integrated resorts promotion law, the first in a two-step legislative process to legalize casinos in Japan....
article Japan Opposition Parties Have Casinos in Cross Hairs, Bill to Repeal IR Act Underway
(Japan) -- Japan’s opposition parties have said they will introduce a bill that seeks to repeal the Integrated Resorts Promotion Act (IRPA), the law passed in 2016...
article Opposition parties to submit IR Abolishment Bill on January 20
(Japan) -- Executives of the main opposition parties agreed on Wednesday to jointly submit legislation that would abolish the 2016 IR Promotion Act, an attempt to...

1/8/2020

article Chiba abandons race to secure Japanese integrated casino resort license
(Japan) -- In Japan and the race to secure one of the nation’s coming trio of integrated casino resort licenses will now reportedly be down to eight runners...
article Japan officially inaugurates Casino Management Board regulator
(Japan) -- In Japan and the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reportedly officially established the Casino Management Board to serve as the supervisory...
article Japan opposition parties mull bill to abolish IR law
(Japan) -- Members of Japan’s main opposition parties have agreed to submit jointly a bill seeking to abolish the Integrated Resorts (IR) Promotion Act, an enabling bill...
article Nippon Ishin Expels Shimoji over Casino Scandal
(Japan) -- Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party) expelled Mikio Shimoji, one of its lawmakers, from the party on Wednesday over money he received from a Chinese...

1/7/2020

article Commission to oversee casinos set up despite scandal concerns
(Japan) -- Despite a recent run of bad publicity and continuing local opposition to casino-centered resorts projects, the central government is still planning to roll...
article Chiba backs out of bidding to host one of Japan's first casinos
(Japan) -- The city of Chiba said Tuesday that it will not seek to host a casino resort, citing its priority on reconstruction following natural disasters. The central...

1/6/2020

article Japan lawmaker admits accepting money in casino scandal
(Japan) -- Japanese lawmaker Mikio Shimoji reversed course Monday and admitted that his office received 1 million yen ($9,250) for 2017 general election campaigning from...
article Genting to take home Japan’s casino jackpot
(Japan) -- Japan, eyeing a gaming-economic uplift, will introduce three casino resorts to open a new market. The initial opportunity is worth a potential $10 billion,...
article Japan casino commission due to hold first session Jan 10
(Japan) -- The first meeting of Japan’s casino management commission is scheduled for Friday (January 10), after the body was formally set up on Tuesday in line...

1/5/2020

article Spirit guides helped Ned Bear create his famous masks
(New Brunswick) -- Ned Bear stands in his workshop armed with a mallet in one hand and a chisel in the other. He looks down at the face that stares back at him. Bear...
article Chinese gambling site's CEO steps aside amid Japan casino scandal
(China) -- The chief executive of Chinese sports betting group 500.com has temporarily stepped down amid an investigation into whether the company bribed lawmakers in...
article Ex-minister denies receiving China money in alleged bribery case
(Japan) -- Japan’s former defense minister Takeshi Iwaya has denied receiving money from a Chinese company involved in a casino bribery scandal. Iwaya, a ruling...

1/4/2020

article For Yokohama, Osaka and Tokyo, casino bids still a game of chance
(Japan) -- As the Japanese government presses ahead with plans to promote casino resorts under its newly liberalized gambling law, cities hoping to host them are running...
article Japan lawmaker in casino scandal personally asked ministry about resort airport: reports
(Japan) -- A lawmaker and former state minister arrested on suspicion of taking bribes enquired personally with Japan's transport ministry over an "integrated...

1/3/2020

article Five other Japanese lawmakers may be involved in casino bribery scandal
(Japan) -- An adviser to a Chinese gambling operator that is under investigation for allegedly bribing lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, formerly a member of the Liberal...
article Japan ex-defence minister denies receiving China money in casino case
(Japan) -- Japan's former defence minister Takeshi Iwaya denied receiving money from a Chinese company involved in a casino bribery scandal. "I absolutely deny...

1/2/2020

article More Japanese Lawmakers Entangled in 500.com Casino Bribery Scandal
(Japan) -- A Nasdaq-listed Chinese gambling company suspected of bribing a senior Japanese politician may have paid kickbacks to five other lawmakers to grease the skids...

1/1/2020

article China-backed 500.com: The company tied to Japan's casino scandal
(Japan) -- Online sports lottery provider 500.com suddenly finds itself in the hot seat in Japan. The Chinese company is suspected of bribing Tsukasa Akimoto, a Liberal...

12/30/2019

article Chinese exec in Japan casino scandal asked his head office for bribe money, sources say
(Japan) -- A Chinese company executive who allegedly bribed lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto over a plan to open a casino resort in Japan had told his head office in Shenzhen,...
article MP arrest poses fresh hurdle for Shinzo Abe’s Japan casino push
(Japan) -- The arrest last week of an MP central to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to legalise casinos in Japan has the potential to galvanise opposition and...

12/28/2019

article Office of arrested lawmaker Akimoto may have used consultancy cash to pay staff
(Japan) -- In a possible violation of the Political Funds Control Law, the private political office of arrested lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto may have diverted money from a...

12/26/2019

article LDP rejects off-session Diet meeting over casino scandal
(Japan) -- The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday rejected a demand from opposition parties that an off-session meeting of the Diet be held for deliberations...
article Japanese Lawmaker Arrested Over Alleged Chinese Casino Bribery Scandal
(Japan) -- An official from Japan’s ruling party formerly in charge of casino policy was arrested on Dec. 25 on suspicion of accepting bribes from a Chinese casino.
article Probe into casino bribery case widens; pachinko operator raided
(Japan) -- Japanese authorities raided the headquarters of a pachinko operator on Thursday as part of a bribery investigation centered on a ruling party lawmaker, media...
article Osaka Is Talking With Gaming Firms, Could Announce a Winner in June
(Japan) -- Prefectural and local governments in Osaka earlier this week kicked off the process of selecting an operator for an integrated resort there, putting it ahead...

12/25/2019

article Nagasaki expects max US$5bln spend on casino resort
(Japan) -- Nagasaki prefecture (pictured) has confirmed it is looking for casino resort capital investment that is only about half that mentioned by several...
article Osaka rates stability, financial clout high in an IR partner
(Japan) -- The Osaka authorities will rate most highly the financial clout of a potential private-sector partner and the likelihood it can help create a sustainable...
article Factbox: Tsinghua-Backed 500.com Identified by Media as Involved in Japan Casino Bribery Case
(Japan) -- China's 500.com Ltd, an online gambling firm, was identified by media as the company accused by Tokyo prosecutors of bribing Japanese lawmakers in the...
article Japanese Lawmaker Is Arrested in Casino Bribery Investigation
(Japan) -- A member of Japan’s Parliament was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of taking bribes from a company that wanted to build one of the first casinos in Japan,...
article Casino bribery arrest is blow for Abe's post-Tokyo Olympics growth strategy
(Japan) -- The arrest Wednesday of a former state minister in charge of the government’s policy on integrated casino resorts has brought about another scandal for...
article Explainer: Bribery scandal casts shadow on Japan's big casino gamble
(Japan) -- Japanese prosecutors have arrested a ruling-party lawmaker previously in charge of casino policy on suspicion he accepted bribes from a company seeking to...

12/24/2019

article Osaka Becomes 1st to Start Selecting Casino Resort Operator
(Japan) -- Ahead of other local administrative authorities in Japan, the Osaka prefectural and city governments began Tuesday soliciting applications for setting up and...
article Japan prosecutors arrest lawmaker over Chinese casino scandal
(Japan) -- Tokyo prosecutors arrested Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto Wednesday on suspicion of accepting bribes from Chinese online sports lottery...

12/20/2019

article Why is Malta-based casino brand Casitabi so popular in Japan?
(Malta) -- The vast selection of online casinos available for gamers means some gambling sites can afford to target a specific audience. For CasiTabi, it's Japan....

12/19/2019

article Japan's casino resort scandal points to reach of China's fat wallet
(Japan) -- A Japanese ruling-party lawmaker deeply involved in crafting policy for the country's nascent casino industry has come under scrutiny for his alleged...
article Ruling party lawmaker's office searched over casino scandal
(Japan) -- Japanese prosecutors searched two Tokyo offices of a ruling party lawmaker on Thursday over his alleged ties to a Chinese casino and sports gambling operator...
article A Gambling Prize Worth $20 Billion Is Losing Its Luster in Japan
(Japan) -- Casino executives who have long salivated over Japan as a potential $20 billion gaming market are beginning to question whether that jackpot is worth all the...

12/18/2019

article Casinos Didn't Bet on How Hard It Would Be to Crack the Japanese Market
(Japan) -- Casino executives who have long salivated over Japan as a potential $20 billion gaming market are beginning to question whether that jackpot is worth all the...
article Japan ruling party lawmaker quizzed over ties to Chinese firm with eye on Hokkaido casino
(Japan) -- Prosecutors have questioned a ruling party lawmaker over his alleged ties with a Chinese company that showed interest in joining a casino project and is...
article Japan ruling party lawmaker's office raided over casino-linked scandal
(Japan) -- Japanese prosecutors on Thursday raided two Tokyo offices of a ruling party lawmaker over his alleged ties to a Chinese casino and sports gambling operator...
article Local business groups insist Hokkaido IR dream not over
(Japan) -- Business groups in Hokkaido have told Inside Asian Gaming that they have not yet given up on their dream of hosting an integrated resort, despite Governor...

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