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Las Vegas Sands sponsors major Osaka music festival Summer Sonic

Las Vegas Sands has announced it will be the main sponsor of Summer Sonic 2019, to be held in Sonic Park, Mishima, Osaka from 16 to 18 August. Summer Sonic is an urban rock festival celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

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10/10/2019

article Yokohama Japan Casino Opposition Plans to Oust Mayor, Reconsider Integrated Resort Candidacy
(Japan) -- An opposition movement to a Japan casino in the city of Yokohama say they plan to remove their mayor and put the integrated resort (IR) decision up to a...

10/9/2019

article MGM Resorts Japan named sponsor of Osaka’s biggest festival
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts Japan has announced that it will sponsor of the 10th Yosakoi Osaka Tournament as part of the Dotonbori River Festival 2019 on 12 and 13 October.
article Yokohama Japan Casino Opposition Plans to Oust Mayor, Reconsider Integrated Resort Candidacy
(Japan) -- An opposition movement to a Japan casino in the city of Yokohama say they plan to remove their mayor and put the integrated resort (IR) decision up to a...

10/7/2019

article MGM Resorts Japan sponsors world’s biggest sneaker festival
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts Japan has announced that it will be the main sponsor for the world’s largest sneaker festival: Sneaker Con Osaka 2019. Sneaker Con holds...

10/5/2019

article Japan Presents Both Opportunities and Risk for Casino Companies
(Japan) -- Japan has been the next great gambling market for about a decade now, and casino operators are jockeying their way to win a concession there. Companies like...

10/1/2019

article Melco’s Yokohama office to open in November
(Japan) -- Melco Resorts & Entertainment will open its Yokohama office in November after securing a space at Ocean Gate Minato Mirai, overlooking Tokyo Bay and...
article Rush Street Japan appoints architecture and design firms for Hokkaido IR
(Japan) -- Rush Street Japan has announced the appointment two leading architecture and design firms to realize the company’s vision for an integrated resort...
article Tomakomai IR Promotion Council holds seminar for Hokkaido business community
(Japan) -- The Tomakomai Integrated Resort Promotion Council, an organization of the Tomakomai business community aiming for an IR bid, has established a “...
article Wakayama closes September assembly with resolution to support IR bid
(Japan) -- Wakayama saw a resolution passed on the final day of its monthly prefectural Assembly stipulating that the local government will proactively promote an IR,...

9/28/2019

article Fierce race in Japan for three IR permits
(Japan) -- A fierce race to win the right to host one of Japan's three integrated resorts (IRs) is heating up, with at least eight areas eyeing the potential...

9/27/2019

article Pushing forward with Japan’s IR development as Nagasaki, Osaka stay on top
(Japan) -- As soon as Japan is ready to move forward with the next step in the development of its gambling industry, key cities that are expected to lead the way are...

9/25/2019

article Japanese casino race could attract up to ten runners
(Japan) -- In Japan and a senior government official has reportedly announced that he believes up to eight communities are preparing to submit formal applications in...

9/24/2019

article Eight areas in Japan considering bids to host casino resorts
(Japan) -- Eight areas in Japan are considering hosting casinos as part of integrated resorts, tourism minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said Tuesday. The eight areas are...
article MGM most likely partner for Osaka integrated resort
(Japan) -- Fitch Ratings expects MGM Resorts International to be a top contender for an integrated resort (IR) in Osaka, Japan. According to GGRAsia, the U.S.-based...

9/23/2019

article Maritime transport considered for Osaka’s Yumeshima island
(Japan) -- Hiroyuki Ishige, Secretary General of the Japan International Expo Association, has revealed he is considering a full-scale study of private and public sector...
article Yokohama City Council passes supplementary IR budget of JPY260 million
(Japan) -- Yokohama City Council has passed a supplementary budget of JPY260 million for costs related to the recently announced IR bid. The Liberal Democratic Party and...

9/22/2019

article Japan: Osaka race narrows to just three: MGM, Galaxy, Genting
(Japan) -- The race to develop an integrated resort in the city of Osaka has reportedly narrowed to just three players: MGM Resorts, Galaxy Entertainment Group and...

9/20/2019

article Daily table win at Japan IRs to match Marina Bay Sands: Fitch
(Japan) -- Ratings agency Fitch says it expects Japan’s first round of integrated resort developments to generate annual gross gaming revenue of more than US$10...

9/19/2019

article Melco Says “Yokohama First,” No Plans For Osaka Casino
(Japan) -- With the race for a Japanese casino resort license intensifying, Melco has released its “Yokohama First” strategy as a part of its plan to tap...
article SJM took part in Japan casino RFI phases : Arnaldo Ho
(Macau) -- Macau’s SJM gaming marque remains interested in the opportunity to have a casino resort in Japan, and has participated in request-for-information (RFI)...

9/17/2019

article Yokohama seeks US$4mln budget for IR promotion
(Japan) -- Yokohama (pictured), a Japanese city that is likely to try and get a casino resort, proposed on Monday a JPY400-million (US$3.7 million) supplementary budget...

9/13/2019

article Japan Survey Will Dig up Details on What Cities Are Legitimate Integrated Resort Players
(Japan) -- Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) is planning to query prefecture and city governments across the country in effort...

9/8/2019

article Japan’s Integrated Resorts as Gambling Islands: American Indian Gaming Industry Expert Deron Marquez
(Japan) -- Deron Marquez, an expert on American Indian gaming, breaks down some key issues for Japan as it establishes its casino industry with its proposed “...
article VOX POPULI: Mayor’s case for building casino in Yokohama far from convincing
(Japan) -- Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi on Aug. 22 suddenly declared that the port city will seek to host a casino-based resort that the central government plans to...

9/6/2019

article Japan Open for Bets on Hosting Mega Casino Resorts
(Japan) -- It’s surprising to find out that while horse racing, the lottery, and slot machines are a part of daily life in Japan, casino gaming is illegal. The...

9/5/2019

article Pressured by its struggling finances, Yokohama goes all in on casino bid
(Japan) -- On a recent afternoon, Yamashita Park in Yokohama’s waterfront was teeming with visitors — from lovey-dovey young couples to picnicking families...

9/4/2019

article Japan, Casinos And The Yakuza: Will Japanese Gambling Resorts Increase Crime?
(Japan) -- One of the biggest casino news stories of 2018 was Japan’s decision to pass a law allowing the construction of three controversial ‘gambling...
article Wynn Resorts Plans to Build ‘World’s Largest’ Casino Resort in Japan, as Lobbying Heats Up
(Japan) -- Wynn Resorts is upping its lobbying campaign in Japan, telling media outlets there that the company will build the “world’s largest” casino...

9/3/2019

article Casino giants crank up PR to snag first Japanese resort licenses
(Japan) -- Since the enactment of a law in July 2018 legalizing casino gambling in Japan, large resort operators from the United States have been boosting public...
article Game On: Yokohama Enters Japan Casino Contest
(Japan) -- The biggest and richest region in Japan has placed its first bet on casinos. On August 22, Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi announced her city of 3.7 million...

9/2/2019

article Singapore’s gambling regulation sets example to Japan
(Japan) -- Mr. Nakagawa, who is leading the Japanese government's integrated resorts efforts, said last week that Singapore's experience in establishing IRs as...

9/1/2019

article Analysis: It’s taking a while, but Japan remains an attractive gaming destination
(Japan) -- Those who have long followed the ups and downs of Japan’s much anticipated gaming market probably weren’t too concerned by recent announcements...

8/30/2019

article Japan using Singapore as casino blueprint
(Japan) -- The experience Singapore underwent to establish its integrated resorts has helped Japan in planning for its upcoming casinos. Specifically, the balance...

8/29/2019

article Japan takes leaf out of Singapore's rule book for casinos
(Japan) -- Singapore's experience in establishing its integrated resorts (IRs) has helped Japan in planning for its upcoming casinos. Specifically, the balance...

8/28/2019

article Caesars Drops Out of Race to Open a Casino in Japan
(Japan) -- Caesars Entertainment Corp. said it won’t pursue a license for a casino in Japan and will focus instead on its current business plan, including a merger...
article U.S. casino giants bet on Japan, raising addiction fears
(Japan) -- Since the enactment of a law in July 2018 allowing legalized casinos to open in Japan, large-scale resort operators from the United States have been boosting...

8/27/2019

article OP/ED: Investors aim to hit the jackpot as Japan legalises casinos
(Japan) -- For almost two decades, the prospect of Japan legalising casinos and becoming an estimated $20bn-a-year gaming market has been mouth-watering, elusive and, in...

8/26/2019

article Former Macau casino exec speaker at Sasebo IR seminar
(Macau) -- A former senior casino executive with experience of the Macau market is among the speakers at a seminar on Tuesday (August 27) organised by the Sasebo Chamber...

8/25/2019

article Japan Potential bidders split on city preferences
(Japan) -- Back-to-back announcements from international gaming operators last week have marked the latest steps in a delicate dance between cities seeking to host...

8/24/2019

article Las Vegas Sands to focus on Tokyo-Yokohama area for casino, abandoning support for Osaka
(Japan) -- As Japan moves forward with plans to open facilities that allow gambling, Las Vegas Sands Corp. says it is now focusing on the Tokyo and Yokohama areas to...

8/23/2019

article MGM Resorts and Las Vegas Sands Lay Out Japan Plans
(Japan) -- The biggest companies in the casino industry are all excited about the Japanese casino market, which could generate $10 billion to $25 billion a year in...

8/22/2019

article Las Vegas Sands Eyes Tokyo Area to Build a Casino Resort
(Japan) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. said it will focus on the Tokyo and Yokohama areas as potential locations to build a casino resort, as Japan moves forward with plans to...
article LVS says to focus on Tokyo, Yokohama, skips Osaka IR bid
(Japan) -- United States-based casino firm Las Vegas Sands Corp says it will focus on the Japanese cities of Tokyo (pictured) and Yokohama in its effort to be allowed to...
article Sands Shifts Focus to Tokyo in Drive for First Japanese Casino
(Japan) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. will focus on the Tokyo and Yokohama areas as potential locations to build a casino resort, as Japan moves forward with plans to open...

8/21/2019

article Japan's Yokohama city joins race to host newly legalized casino
(Japan) -- Japan’s second-largest city, Yokohama, said on Thursday it would bid to host a casino resort, a newly legalized industry the government hopes will...

8/19/2019

article Yokohama to join race to host casinos
(Japan) -- The city of Yokohama will join the race to host casinos, city government sources said Monday. Japan only recently legalized the facilities, which officials...
article U.S. casino operators seeking to get in on Japan's nascent gambling resorts
(Japan) -- A year has elapsed since the approval of the law permitting the creation of so-called integrated resorts, which will incorporate Japan's first legal...
article Yokohama to join bidding race for casino resort
(Japan) -- The City of Yokohama has decided to bid to host a large resort that will include a casino, Nikkei has learned. The Japanese government has announced a plan to...

8/18/2019

article Yokohama mayor backs casino, seeks promo budget: report
(Japan) -- Yokohama’s mayor, Fumiko Hayashi, reportedly wants the Japanese city (pictured) to begin policy implementation work soon to attract investment for a so-...

8/17/2019

article Las Vegas Sands sponsors major Osaka music festival Summer Sonic
(Japan) -- Las Vegas Sands has announced it will be the main sponsor of Summer Sonic 2019, to be held in Sonic Park, Mishima, Osaka from 16 to 18 August. Summer Sonic is...

8/11/2019

article First expert’s committee meeting held for Wakayama IR bid
(Japan) -- The first meeting of experts was held in Wakayama prefecture last week. The committee was established by Wakayama prefecture in May as part of their plan to...

8/8/2019

article Okada Manila ramp drives Universal to higher sales, narrowed loss in 2Q19
(Philippines) -- Japan’s Universal Entertainment Corp posted a 12.9% year-on-year increase in net sales to JPY52.54 billion (US$495 million) and a narrowed...

8/7/2019

article Japanese Casino Market Will Be Third Largest in World, Not Second: Sandford Bernstein
(Japan) -- Japan’s impending casino market will generate $8 billion in gross gaming revenues per year, according to a new report by Sandford Bernstein analysts....

8/4/2019

article Intellectuals meet over Nagasaki IR with 2024 launch in mind
(Japan) -- Nagasaki prefecture held a meeting of experts at the prefectural office last week at which the prefecture’s optimistic schedule of launching a public...

8/2/2019

article Japan Casino Administration Committee Powers Unveiled, Regulatory Nominees Coming Soon
(Japan) -- The Japan Casino Administration Committee will be the primary regulatory agency for the federal government’s forthcoming commercial gaming industry, and...

8/1/2019

article Japan set to propose members of new Casino Administration Committee this Fall
(Japan) -- The Japanese government is set to submit a consensus proposal for the nation’s new gaming regulatory body, the Casino Administration Committee, to the...

7/29/2019

article Dynam Japan revenues continue to stabilize as pachinko focus turns to entertainment
(Japan) -- Leading Japanese pachinko hall operator Dynam Japan has recorded a slight 1.2% increase in revenue in the three months to 30 June 2019 as recent changes to...
article Melco announces sponsorship of Japanese football club Yokohama F-Marinos
(Japan) -- Melco Resorts & Entertainment has announced a new deal that will see it sponsor J1 League team Yokohama F-Marinos. The Marinos uniform will now feature a...

7/23/2019

article Japan’s Upper House controlled by IR supporters after election
(Japan) -- Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its political partner Komeito are in charge and there’s no way to argue this point. The governing...

7/22/2019

article Japanese Gaming Manufacturer Universal Entertainment Unveils Multicurrency Devices at Okada Manila Casino
(Japan) -- Japan-based Universal Entertainment has developed gaming terminals that accept numerous currencies, and the devices will soon be deployed to the company...

7/21/2019

article Japan’s pro-IR ruling bloc wins upper house election
(Japan) -- Japan’s governing coalition – featuring the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior partner Komeito – won Sunday’s election for...

7/15/2019

article NagaCorp Limited looking to Japan as its business in Cambodia booms
(Japan) -- A senior executive for Asian casino operator, NagaCorp Limited, has reportedly declared that his firm is now ‘in a position to take a look at fresh...

7/10/2019

article Japan starts process to name members of new casino regulator
(Japan) -- The government of Japan has reportedly appointed a pair of senior civil servants to assist with the creation of the official body that is to be tasked with...
press release Table Trac Inks Deal to Roll Out Casino Management System in Japan
(Japan) -- Minnetonka-based Table Trac Inc. has reached a deal to roll out its casino management system in Japan. Under an exclusive license agreement with Tokyo-based...

7/8/2019

press release Table Trac, Inc. (CasinoTrac) Signs Exclusive License Agreement With Tokyo Based BroadBand Security Inc. For Adaptation Of Its Casino Management System For The Japanese Gaming Market
(Wisconsin) -- Tokyo Japan based BroadBand Security, Inc. (4398.T) engages in the business of information technology, security management and consulting services. The...

7/6/2019

article As Japan prepares to open casinos, gangs won't be afraid to test security
(Japan) -- Japan is currently creating a legal framework to operate casinos via a system of integrated resorts, but concerns persist that they’ll be prime targets...

7/5/2019

article Nagasaki official hopes for casino RFC phase by autumn
(Japan) -- Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture and Sasebo city aspire to launch some time in the autumn a request-for-concept (RFC) phase for commercial partners...

7/3/2019

article Rush Street Japan to present to university students on IR development
(Japan) -- Tadashi Wakabayashi, advisor to Rush Street Japan, is scheduled to speak at a symposium held on 9 July titled “Thinking About Japan’s Tourism...
article International Tourism Department created to help Japan IR process
(Japan) -- A new agency has been added to the mix in Japan’s process of choosing eventual winners of its casino integrated resorts (IR). The Japan Tourism Agency...
article Nagasaki official hopes for casino RFC phase by autumn
(Japan) -- Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture and Sasebo city aspire to launch some time in the autumn a request-for-concept (RFC) phase for commercial partners...

6/29/2019

article MGE unveils casino plan for Hokkaido
(Japan) -- Major U.S. casino operator Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment unveiled on Friday a plan to launch an integrated resort including a casino in Hokkaido at a...

6/27/2019

article Japan Casinos Face Limitless Horizons, Plagued By Limited Groundwork
(Japan) -- The Japan Gaming Congress in Tokyo last month celebrated the country’s ascent to full-fledged casino legalization. It’s a momentous achievement...

6/25/2019

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

6/21/2019

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

6/20/2019

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

6/15/2019

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

6/14/2019

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

6/13/2019

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

6/9/2019

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

6/8/2019

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

6/7/2019

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

6/5/2019

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

6/4/2019

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

5/31/2019

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

5/29/2019

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

5/28/2019

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

5/27/2019

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

5/26/2019

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

5/23/2019

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

5/22/2019

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

5/21/2019

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

5/17/2019

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

5/16/2019

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

5/15/2019

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

5/14/2019

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

5/6/2019

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

4/29/2019

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

4/25/2019

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

4/24/2019

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

4/21/2019

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

4/19/2019

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

4/18/2019

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

4/13/2019

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

4/10/2019

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

4/7/2019

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

4/4/2019

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

4/3/2019

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

4/1/2019

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

3/31/2019

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

3/27/2019

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

3/26/2019

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

3/25/2019

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

3/24/2019

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

3/22/2019

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

3/21/2019

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

3/15/2019

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

3/11/2019

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

3/10/2019

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

3/9/2019

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

3/8/2019

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

3/7/2019

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

2/24/2019

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

2/18/2019

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

2/14/2019

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

2/13/2019

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

2/12/2019

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

2/8/2019

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

2/7/2019

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

2/5/2019

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

2/4/2019

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

2/2/2019

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

2/1/2019

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

1/31/2019

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

1/30/2019

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

1/28/2019

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

1/27/2019

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

1/24/2019

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

1/21/2019

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

1/16/2019

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

1/13/2019

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

1/10/2019

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

1/9/2019

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

1/7/2019

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

1/2/2019

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

12/31/2018

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

12/23/2018

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

12/21/2018

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

12/20/2018

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

12/13/2018

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

12/11/2018

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

12/6/2018

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

12/5/2018

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

11/27/2018

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

11/25/2018

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

11/23/2018

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

11/19/2018

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

11/14/2018

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

11/9/2018

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

11/6/2018

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

10/27/2018

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

10/24/2018

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

10/23/2018

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

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