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MGM partners with Osaka

MGM Resorts Japan revealed that it has become the Official Partner with the Osaka government in order to bid to be the host of the 2025 World Expo that is set to be held at Yumeshima, one of the possible locations for an integrated resort in Japan.

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7/22/2018

article Green light for casinos offers jackpot to Japanese companies
(Japan) -- Let the competition begin. Now that Japan has enacted a law outlining a road map for casino resorts, foreign operators from Las Vegas Sands Corp. to MGM...
article Nearly two-thirds oppose recently passed bill authorizing casinos
(Japan) -- Nearly two-thirds of respondents opposed a recently passed bill authorizing the opening of casino resorts, highlighting deep-rooted concern about gambling...

7/21/2018

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

7/20/2018

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

7/19/2018

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

7/18/2018

article Japan Casinos Will Be Big Business for Organized Crime, Vows High-Ranking Yakuza
(Japan) -- Japan’s casino bill is said to be a “done deal” that will pass this week, according to sources within the Diet’s Upper House who spoke...
article Japan IR bill “a done deal”, set to pass this week
(Japan) -- High level sources familiar with negotiations amongst members of the Upper House of the Japanese Diet — the House of Councillors — have told...
article Japan's Diet to pass casino bill on Friday amid addiction fears
(Japan) -- A contentious bill authorizing the opening of casinos in Japan is set to clear parliament on Friday despite public concerns about gambling addiction and...
article Winning Japan bids will be those offering the “biggest IR with the smallest casino”
(Japan) -- The Japanese government will award the three casino licenses on offer under its IR Implementation Bill to whichever groups “promise to build the biggest...

7/17/2018

article Caesars Charm Offensive in Japan Borders on Political Bribery, Claims Local Media
(Japan) -- Caesars Entertainment has been forced to defend its lobbying efforts in Japan after the country’s biggest weekly news magazine, Shukan Bunshun (SB),...
article Casinos Face Last Milestone in Japan on Road to Legalization
(Japan) -- Japanese lawmakers are expected to pass a casino bill that is the final hurdle for the legalization of gaming resorts, bringing international operators a step...
article Yakuza ready to muscle in on casino business, gangster reveals
(Japan) -- Yakuza organized crime groups are plotting to infiltrate casinos in nefarious ways if legislation to allow them passes in the Diet later this week, a gang...

7/16/2018

article MORON ALERT: Native American Casinos Eye Japan, Ignore Chief Wahoo At Home
(Japan) -- Japan’s upper legislative house has passed gaming addiction legislation and begun debate on the Integrated Resort Implementation Bill, the final step...

7/15/2018

article Caesars defends its Japan position
(Japan) -- Japanese weekly news magazine Shukan Bunshun has published an article accusing Caesars Entertainment of engaging in a practice which effectively amounts to...
article Casino project will offer Japan's addicts a new way to lose
(Japan) -- When she she looks back on her childhood, Noriko Tanaka isn’t surprised she grew up to be a problem gambler. Her grandfather spent every spare moment...

7/13/2018

article Japan Dreams of Jackpots With Legal Casinos
(Japan) -- For decades, East Asian countries, such as China, South Korea, and Japan, have forbidden legal gaming because they did not believe that gambling was in line...
article Japan flood response sparks outrage in relation to gambling bill
(Japan) -- Efforts to tackle ongoing flooding and significant landslides throughout the region have been met with harsh criticism from opponents of the Japanese Diet.
article Japan is taking steps to legalize paid esports tournaments
(Japan) -- Laws aimed at illegal gambling have long prevented Japanese esports events from offering cash prizes, but the country is looking to change that through a...

7/12/2018

article Floods Wreaking Havoc with Japan’s Resort Casino Bill
(Japan) -- A bill to legalize resort casinos in Japan has been under debate for a long time and the process has been disrupted on numerous occasions due to various...

7/10/2018

article IR bill in Japan under final deliberations
(Japan) -- The countdown timer continues towards the end of the extended session for Japan’s Parliament. The legislators will break on July 22, and several...
article Japan Flood Disaster Threatens to Derail Casino Bill for 2018
(Japan) -- Japan’s Upper House is deliberating on a bill that will establish a framework for the nation’s impending casino sector. Lawmakers need to find...

7/9/2018

article Japan passes gambling addiction bill, begins IR bill deliberations
(Japan) -- Japan’s Upper House has voted into law the Basic Bill on Gambling Addiction Countermeasures, paving the way for final deliberations on the long-awaited...

7/8/2018

article Japan to form bet addiction policy after framework passed
(Japan) -- Work is now due to begin at national and local government level in Japan to implement public policy measures to tackle what is termed “gambling...

7/6/2018

article Japan casinos ‘will face fight for acceptance’
(Japan) -- The Japanese government is on the brink of passing the IR Implementation Act, though the bill remains deeply unpopular with the majority of the population and...
article Japan Integrated Resorts Bill Now Has Full Support From Shinzo Abe and Coalition Partner
(Japan) -- The Japan Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill (IRIB) will be passed in the next month now that key officials, including Shinzo Abe and the Komeito party,...
article Upper house starts debate on casino bill
(Japan) -- The House of Councillors began talks at a plenary meeting Friday on a bill to open up to three casino-featuring integrated resorts in the country.

7/5/2018

article Japan’s Shinzo Abe expects to pass casino bill in July
(Japan) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and coalition partner Natsuo Yamaguchi confirmed this week that they are committed to passing the Integrated Resorts (IR)...

7/4/2018

article Shinzo Abe remains committed to passing casino legislation this month
(Japan) -- In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (pictured) has reportedly stated that he remains committed to getting the casino-legalizing Integrated Resort...

6/29/2018

article Caesars steps up Japan IR campaign with Celine Dion concert in Tokyo
(Japan) -- Caesars Entertainment Corporation has stepped up its campaign to win a Japan integrated resort license with superstar singer Celine Dion launching a 22-city...

6/26/2018

article Foreign tourists may also face gambling profits tax
(Japan) -- Some foreign tourists who win at casino games at Japanese IRs may be hit with an income tax bill before they leave the country, according to a report in the...

6/25/2018

article Japan IR Casino Bill Creates Gaming Monopolies and Hinders Competition, Says Analysts
(Japan) -- Financial analysts have determined that the Japan IR casino bill will prevent the country from reaping the full benefits of authorizing commercial gambling.
article Japan to consider taxing foreign tourists on casino winnings
(Japan) -- Japanese lawmakers may consider taxing the casino winnings of some foreign visitors, including those from China, as Diet discussions continue on the IR...
article Taxes on casino winnings in Japan could be geo-discriminatory
(Japan) -- As Japan gears up to legalize casino construction in the country, there are a number of loose ends that are starting to be identified. One in particular...
article Editorial: Allowing casino users to borrow betting money poses danger
(Japan) -- A bill that would allow the establishment of integrated resorts including casinos remains a heated topic of debate as an extended session of the Diet moves...
article Japanese entertainment market scouted by Caesars for possible theater
(Japan) -- Caesars Entertainment Corporation (Nasdaq: CZR) is reportedly scouting the Japanese entertainment market. In an exclusive interview with Asia Gaming Brief,...

6/24/2018

article A tax on casino earnings? It may depend on where you’re from
(Japan) -- Chinese and Indian gamblers may have to pay income tax on their winnings at casinos in Japan, while those from the United States and South Korea could get a...

6/23/2018

article Japan dreams of jackpot with legal casinos
(Japan) -- At a casino school in Tokyo, croupier-in-training Takuto Saito settles behind a green table and reaches for the roulette wheel, addressing a group of...

6/22/2018

article Japan dreams of jackpot with legal casinos
(Japan) -- Japan is often viewed as the Holy Grail of gaming in Asia due to a wealthy population, proximity to China and appetite for other forms of legal gambling,...
article Japan Moves Closer To Casinos, But Tantalizing Concept Not In The Cards
(Japan) -- Legislators in Japan’s lower house passed an integrated resort (IR) implementation bill on Tuesday, then extended the legislative session to July 22 to...

6/20/2018

article Japan dreams of jackpot with legal casinos
(Japan) -- At a casino school in Tokyo, croupier-in-training Takuto Saito settles behind a green table and reaches for the roulette wheel, addressing a group of...
article Japan's casino school enrolment increases in anticipation of IRs
(Japan) -- AT a Tokyo casino school, Takuto Saito settled behind a green table and reached for the roulette wheel, addressing a group of imaginary punters: "Spin up...

6/19/2018

article Japan's government ready to bet the house on casinos
(Japan) -- Japan's powerful Lower Chamber of Parliament has passed a controversial Bill to regulate the setting up of integrated resorts, including casinos. This...
article Lower house nods Japan IR Implementation Bill
(Japan) -- The House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Japan’s parliament, passed on Tuesday the Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill.
article Lower house passes bill allowing casinos to open
(Japan) -- The lower house of the Diet on Tuesday passed a bill authorizing the opening of casinos in the country, despite strong public opposition amid concerns over...
article Universal Entertainment punts on realignment to block Okada from casino biz
(Japan) -- An organizational shakeup is underway at Universal Entertainment, as part of the Japanese-listed gaming conglomerate’s bid to keep ousted chairman Kazuo...
article Universal group rejig to bar Okada from its casino biz
(Japan) -- Gaming conglomerate Universal Entertainment Corp is moving with what it calls “an intra-group organisational realignment” in order to prevent...

6/18/2018

article Japan's lower house passes bill authorizing casinos to open
(Japan) -- Japan's lower house of parliament on Tuesday passed a bill authorizing the opening of casinos in the country, despite strong public opposition amid...
article Lower house passes bills on casinos and smoking controls
(Japan) -- The Lower House on Tuesday passed a bill that will allow casinos to open in Japan, despite concerns over gambling addiction and casino-related antisocial...

6/17/2018

article IR Bill expected to pass House of Representatives on June 19
(Japan) -- With the IR Implementation Bill having been rammed through the Cabinet Committee on Friday, it is now expected that it will be passed through a plenary...

6/16/2018

article Japan poised to launch one of world’s largest casino markets
(Atlantic City) -- An abruptly shortened debate, a railroaded committee session and a physical scuffle in parliament last Friday have brought Japan to the brink of...

6/15/2018

article Japan’s casino legislation finally making forward progress
(Japan) -- Japan’s long-awaited casino legislation has finally made some forward progress, despite opposition parties’ obstructionist tactics. On Friday, a...
article Ruling coalition drives casino bill through Lower House panel as opposition protests
(Japan) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition on Friday pushed through a Lower House panel a contentious bill that specifies rules about the planned...

6/13/2018

article Shiokawa blasts U.S. influence over IR legislation
(Japan) -- Tetsuya Shiokawa, a seven-term House of Representatives lawmaker of the Japan Communist Party, has been arguing repeatedly that the Japanese government has...

6/12/2018

article Japan Casino Bill Vote Could Come Wednesday, Integrated Resorts Measure Expected to Pass
(Japan) -- The Japan casino bill that would authorize three commercial integrated resorts (IR) is expected to receive a vote this week in the National Diet’s House...
article Lower house panel to vote on casino bill
(Japan) -- A House of Representatives committee decided Tuesday to vote on a bill to introduce casino-featuring integrated resorts in Japan on Wednesday. Lower house...

6/11/2018

article Gambling addiction concerns Japan ahead of casino vote
(Japan) -- The Japanese lower house is set to vote on a bill that, if passed, will allow three integrated casino resorts to begin construction which is cause for concern...
article Risky business: Japan lawmakers vote on three mega casinos
(Japan) -- Japanese lower house is set to vote tomorrow on a bill that will allow the construction of three integrated casino resorts. If the lawmakers pass the...
article Risky business: Japan lawmakers vote on three mega casinos
(Japan) -- Japanese lower house is set to vote tomorrow on a bill that will allow the construction of three integrated casino resorts. If the lawmakers pass the...

6/9/2018

article Are Macau Casinos Playing a Losing Hand in Japan?
(Japan) -- Macau casino licensees have gone all-in on Japan, as the final bill for casino legalisation rolls towards a June 20 deadline. But even if the bill passes,...

6/8/2018

article Ruling coalition holds back on casino bill ahead of Niigata gubernatorial election
(Japan) -- The ruling coalition postponed Friday the passage of a bill specifying rules about the structure of planned integrated resorts (IRs) that will feature casinos...

6/6/2018

article Wynn Resorts Limited to increase Japanese lobbying efforts
(Japan) -- American casino operator, Wynn Resorts Limited has reportedly announced that it intends to ramp up its efforts at securing one of the three integrated casino...

6/4/2018

article Japanese PM urges fairness in deciding where to put casinos
(Japan) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stressed fairness and transparency as the country decides where to build casino resorts, Jiji Press reports. The...

6/3/2018

article Japanese PM urges fairness in deciding where to put casinos
(Japan) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stressed fairness and transparency as the country decides where to build casino resorts, Jiji Press reports. The...

6/2/2018

article Abe presses for fairness in casino locations
(Japan) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday underscored the importance of a fair process to select locations for casino-featuring integrated resorts. “It’...

5/31/2018

article Disney's Japan Neighborhood Pushed as Possible Casino Location
(Japan) -- The list of Japanese regions battling for a coveted spot for the development of casino resorts ranges from Osaka to Hokkaido. Add Mickey Mouse’s...

5/30/2018

article Japan casino needs likely unique: Sega Sammy exec
(Japan) -- Electronic games for the expected Japanese casino industry are likely to work best when they address the particularities of the local market, says a senior...
article Japan considers extending Diet session to pass casino bill
(Japan) -- In Japan, the government and its coalition partners are reportedly considering extending the current 150-day regular Diet session to either the end of June or...

5/29/2018

article Market Flash: Japan lawmakers take up casino bill
(Japan) -- The House of Representatives in Japan passed a bill on gambling addiction countermeasures seen as an important first step before the IR Implementation Bill is...
article MGM boss expects Japan to be “vastly larger than Singapore” as gambling addiction bill passed
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren has praised the lengthy process guiding the way for integrated resorts in Japan but says the three resorts to be built upon passage...
article Ruling coalition likely to extend current Diet session to enact casinos bill
(Japan) -- The ruling coalition is likely to extend the current Diet session, scheduled to end on June 20, in a bid to ensure there is enough time to pass an "...

5/28/2018

article Japan's casino market can top Singapore, says Las Vegas executive
(Japan) -- After nearly a decade of political uncertainty, Japan's government has taken a crucial step forward to opening the country for the casino gaming industry.
article MGM boss expects Japan to be “vastly larger than Singapore” as gambling addiction bill passed
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren has praised the lengthy process guiding the way for integrated resorts in Japan but says the three resorts to be built upon passage...

5/26/2018

article Wakayama’s governor all-in on casino resort bet
(Japan) -- After the Diet finally approves legislation setting the rules on integrated casino resort complexes, the race to win one of the first three casinos will...

5/24/2018

article Aruze not fazed by Okada-Universal tussle: Persson
(Japan) -- The Aruze Gaming brand has been a “dominant leader” in electronic table games in the Asian casino industry “since the beginning” of...

5/23/2018

article Diet starts deliberations on casino bill
(Japan) -- The Diet started deliberations on a bill to introduce casino-featuring integrated resorts (IRs) at a plenary meeting of the House of Representatives on...

5/22/2018

article Japan National Diet Considers Extending Legislative Session to Pass Casino Bill
(Japan) -- The Japan National Diet is reportedly considering an extension of its regular legislative session in order to pass its integrated casino resorts bill.
article Japan’s Abe talks up casino resorts, pledges safeguards
(Japan) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that the introduction of casino resorts in the country would help advance Japan’s status as a “...

5/20/2018

article Japanese Lawmaker Claims Pachinko Industry Morally Unsuitable for Casino Market Role
(Japan) -- A Japanese lawmaker has questioned whether the pachinko industry can be trusted to participate in a future Japanese casino market.

5/17/2018

article Connecticut tribes joining race for Japanese casino licenses
(Japan) -- The federally-recognized Mohegan Tribe and its Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation counterpart are reportedly set to join the race for the right to operate one...
article Suncity Group investigating bid for Japan casino license
(Japan) -- Prominent Asian junket operator Suncity Group has reportedly established a consortium in order to investigate the possibility of bidding for one of the three...

5/16/2018

article Bill tackling problem gamblers submitted to Lower House to clear way for casinos
(Japan) -- The ruling LDP-led coalition along with the nominal opposition party Nippon Ishin no Kai submitted a bill to the Lower House on Wednesday to establish new...
article Revised gambling addiction bill submitted to Diet
(Japan) -- In Japan, the ruling coalition has withdrawn its Basic Bill on Gambling Addiction Countermeasures, which it had submitted last December, and in its place...
article Taking a Cue from Macau, Japan Gets Ready to Gamble
(Japan) -- The Japanese government has set a goal of 40 million foreign tourists visiting the country by 2020. In that particular year, the Summer Olympics in Tokyo will...

5/15/2018

article Connecticut Tribal Operators to Compete for Future Japanese Casino
(Japan) -- Connecticut’s two tribal operators, the Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequots, may be collaborating on a proposed casino in the north of their home...
article Tribes both have interest in developing casino in Japan
(Japan) -- Southeastern Connecticut’s gaming tribes could be among the first operators to vie for casino licenses in Japan. Felix Rappaport, Foxwoods Resort Casino...

5/11/2018

article Caesars to Do Whatever It Takes to Build a “Uniquely Japanese” Casino Resort, Company Exec Says
(Japan) -- As the Japanese government has entered what are hoped to be the last stages of discussion of the Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill, some of the world...
article Global Gambling Operators Await Japan’s Final Decision on Casino Bill
(Japan) -- International gambling operators have been lucky to understand that the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and the Government passed a casino bill which would...
article Japan coalition to push for passage
(Japan) -- Japan’s ruling coalition says it will push for both the implementation bill to govern the casino industry and legislation to address problem gambling to...
article Japan inches closer to legalizing casino gambling
(Japan) -- Japanese cabinet, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has passed a casino bill that would make casino gambling legal in the country. The cabinet has agreed to...
article MGM Resorts International not interested in marginal Japan stake
(Japan) -- MGM Resorts International is reportedly not interested in having a marginal stake in any of the three integrated casino resorts that could soon be authorized...
article Operators Uneasy With Japan’s Two-Stage Casino Licensing Plans [sub req]
(Japan) -- Would-be casino operators and industry consultants have expressed concerns about the complexity of the Japanese integrated resort (IR) application and...
article Wynn Resorts still wants in on Japan, despite scandals
(Japan) -- Wynn Resorts Development LLC (WRD) President Chris Gordon calls it “a string of negative events.” Others call it a fiasco that could destroy the...

5/10/2018

article Ageing Japan needs casino boost: hinterland official
(Japan) -- The idea behind attracting casino investors to Japan was to use private-sector money to tackle the public policy problem of Japan’s falling birth rate...
article No issue if Japan bars junkets: Melco Resorts exec
(Japan) -- If VIP gambling promoters – also known as junkets – were to be excluded from the Japan casino market, it would “not be a deal breaker...
article Senior minister wants world to see “a new Japanese style” after impromptu JgC visit
(Japan) -- The Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Yasutoshi Nishimura, says he wants the country’s burgeoning...
article Casino Companies Get Good News From Japan
(Japan) -- Global casino operators had a run of good luck recently after the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe passed a casino bill that would legalize...
article Konami slot division revenue down on fewer installations
(Japan) -- Konami Corp’s gaming and systems division reported net revenue of approximately JPY29.6 billion (US$271.0 million) for the 12 months ended March 31,...
article Just Thinking About Casinos Hurts Japan's Reeling Pachinko Parlors
(Japan) -- As Japanese as sushi, sake and Super Mario, pachinko is under attack from efforts to legalize casinos in the world’s third largest economy. A fusion of...

5/9/2018

article Japan casino bill terms likely tough for industry: MP
(Japan) -- The exclusivity period envisaged for casino licences under the Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill submitted to Japan’s parliament was probably...
article Japan casino focus MICE, not easier gambling: LDP boss
(Japan) -- Creating a Japan integrated resort industry was not about “liberalising” casino business, but about using Japan’s strengths to create a...

5/8/2018

article Place your bets on Japan’s great casino investment narrative
(Japan) -- For nearly two decades from the mid-1990s, Tokyo-listed Tanseisha was more or less dead to investors. Who, in a land of deflation and downsizing, would bet on...
article Why Japan’s gamble on casinos and Chinese tourists won’t fix its ‘tourism pollution’ problem
(Japan) -- Japan has a problem with pollution, and it does not relate to issues of waste disposal. Rather, the rising numbers of visitors from afar have led to tourists...

5/6/2018

article Place your bets: Local governments in Japan weigh the benefits of applying for a casino license
(Japan) -- As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stepped over the border of the demilitarized zone in Panmunjom for a historic summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-...

5/5/2018

article Place your bets: Local governments in Japan weigh the benefits of applying for a casino license
(Japan) -- Local governments weigh the benefits of applying for a casino licenseAs North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stepped over the border of the demilitarized zone in...

5/1/2018

article As Japan local gov'ts clamor for casino resorts, experts warn of gambling addiction
(Japan) -- A bill allowing for the establishment of so-called integrated resorts (IR) centered on casinos was approved by the Cabinet on April 27 and submitted for...

4/27/2018

article Casino giants itching to place bets on Japan
(Japan) -- The world's biggest casino operators are angling to enter Japan as its government moves to allow gambling resorts, but strict restrictions prompted by...
article Gov't approves bill outlining casino gambling rules in Japan
(Japan) -- The government approved Friday a bill that will pave the way for casinos to be opened in Japan, putting aside public concerns that it will lead to an increase...
article Japan Casino Bill Approved by Cabinet, Authorizes Three Integrated Resorts
(Japan) -- The long-awaited Japan casino regulatory bill is finally here. On Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet approved the measure that seeks to...
article Japanese government finalizes wording of casino legalization proposal
(Japan) -- In Japan, the ruling coalition government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (pictured) has reportedly agreed on the final wording of the casino-legalizing...

4/26/2018

article Casino bill approved by Japan govt, heads to Diet
(Japan) -- The Japanese government endorsed on Friday a bill setting the broad regulatory framework for the establishment of a casino industry in the country. The...
article Casino resort in Osaka could open by 2023: governor
(Japan) -- Osaka governor Ichiro Matsui said a casino resort could open in the Japanese prefecture by 2023, if the country’s parliament is quick to approve the...
article Japanese gov't approves bill outlining casino gambling rules
(Japan) -- The government approved Friday a bill that will pave the way for casinos to be opened in Japan, putting aside public concerns that it will lead to an increase...

4/25/2018

article Osaka governor says casino resort could open by fiscal 2023
(Japan) -- Despite a tight construction schedule, political problems in Tokyo and local concerns over funding, Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui said the prefecture could have...

4/22/2018

article Melco Resorts May Have an Edge in Japan Casino Bidding
(Japan) -- Hong Kong-based gaming operator Melco Resorts & Entertainment may have catapulted itself to the front of the pack of casino operators trying to win one of...

4/20/2018

article Japan’s proposed gambling bill makes a big push
(Japan) -- Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its coalition partner Komeito are ready to deliver the highly anticipated Integrated Resorts (IR) bill...

4/19/2018

article Japan Casino Bill to Be Introduced to Parliament April 27, Deadline Still Tight
(Japan) -- Japan’s Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill will be submitted to the country’s parliament, the Diet, on April 27, senior lawmakers from the...
article Japan casino floor limit to be set by govt: report
(Japan) -- The latest draft of Japan’s ruling coalition’s Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill does not include a requirement that only 3 percent of...

4/18/2018

article Japan casino bill to reach parliament on April 27: officials
(Japan) -- Japan’s ruling coalition will submit its plan for large-scale casino resorts to parliament this month, as it pushes to get an approval for a project...

4/14/2018

article Operators to Face Heavy Fines for False Japan Casino Bid Information
(Japan) -- Operators that provide false information in their application for a casino license in Japan will face fines of up to JPY500 million (approximately $4.7...

4/13/2018

article Melco putting their chips on Osaka as Japan gaming bill nears completion
(Japan) -- Hong Kong based Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited has announced the opening of an office in Osaka, Japan, reportedly with the intention of spending up...
article Melco Would Invest ‘More than $10 Billion’ on Japan Integrated Resort
(Japan) -- Melco Resorts invested $10 billion in Macau when it built the City of Dreams and Studio City integrated resorts, but it would invest more in Japan if it is...
article Fraudulent casino bids to cost operators $4.7M in latest Japan IR proposal
(Japan) -- Casino operators are slowly getting a clearer picture of how Japan’s Integrated Resorts bill will look ahead of the start of the Japanese Diet session...

4/12/2018

article Fraudulent casino bids to cost operators $4M in latest Japan IR proposal
(Japan) -- Casino operators are slowly getting a clearer picture of how Japan’s Integrated Resorts bill will look like ahead of the start of the Japanese Diet...
article Japan casino framework better than feared: MS
(Japan) -- Banking group Morgan Stanley says the broad regulatory framework for Japan so far agreed between the governing coalition – the Liberal Democratic Party...
article Japan looks to levy ¥500 million fine for fraudulent casino applications
(Japan) -- Casino operators in Japan will be fined up to ¥500 million ($4.7 million) if they are found to have obtained their business licenses through fraudulent...
article ¥500 million fine awaits Japan operators providing fraudulent license applications
(Japan) -- Casino operators found to have obtained a Japan casino license via fraudulent means, including submitting false information, will be fined up to ¥500...
article Hong Kong's Melco aims to build $10bn casino resort in Japan
(Japan) -- Melco Resorts & Entertainment will consider investing more than $10 billion if it is allowed to open a casino complex in a large Japanese city under...
article Melco open Osaka HQ in significant step toward Japanese IR
(Japan) -- Melco Resorts & Entertainment has opened an office in Osaka in a bid to capitalise on the fledgling Japanese gambling market. The new facility, first...

4/10/2018

article Genting group says prepping Japan casino licence bid
(Japan) -- Casino investor Genting Bhd has expressed optimism that Japan’s Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill will be tabled during this year’s...
article Pachinko Gets Caught in Cross Hairs as Japan Regulates Casino Resorts
(Japan) -- With the global gaming industry holding its collective breath while Japan’s lawmakers craft regulations for the country’s impending integrated...

4/7/2018

article Casino resort bill advances but more delays seen likely
(Japan) -- International casino operators have welcomed an agreement by Japan's ruling coalition over key points needed to finalise legislation of large "...
article Inside Gaming: Japan's Casino Resort Bill Moves Ahead, Vote Awaits
(Japan) -- We've been keeping an eye on the progress of legislation in Japan to allow new "integrated resorts" for quite a while now. Following a positive...

4/6/2018

article Legalization of casino operations causes hard-to-remove side effects
(Japan) -- Legislation for so-called integrated resorts is a serious issue as it is aimed at legalizing casinos and putting their operations in the hands of private...

4/5/2018

article Analyst: Japan Casino Bill Expected in Second Half of 2018, Initial Licensees to Hold Seven-Year Exclusivity
(Japan) -- The long-awaited Japan casino bill being crafted by the country’s legislature shouldn’t be expected until the second half of 2018. Nomura Holdings...
article Japan advances casino resort bill but more delays seen likely
(Japan) -- International casino operators have welcomed an agreement by Japan's ruling coalition over key points needed to finalize legislation of large "...

4/4/2018

article In Japan, panel okays casino entrance fee
(Japan) -- A working panel of the ruling parties discussing legislation for so-called integrated resorts with casinos has agreed on a 6,000 yen (about $56) entrance fee...
article Japan advances casino resort bill but more delays seen likely
(Japan) -- International casino operators have welcomed an agreement by Japan’s ruling coalition over key points needed to finalise legislation of large “...
article Japan casino law passed likely 2H2018 earliest: Nomura
(Japan) -- It is likely to be the second half of this year or the first half of 2019 before Japan passes its Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill, says a Tuesday...

4/3/2018

article Japan casino GGR tax to be fixed at 30pct: reports
(Japan) -- Japan’s governing parties have agreed to a fixed tax rate of 30 percent on any casino gross gaming revenue (GGR) generated by that country’s...
article Agreement reached on casino bill; free entry for foreign visitors
(Japan) -- Japan's ruling parties reached a consensus Tuesday on a bill that will pave the way for casino gambling in the country, with people living in Japan to be...

4/2/2018

article Casinos in Japan Could Turn Out to Be a Losing Bet
(Japan) -- As more information becomes available about what Japan's emerging casino sector may look like, it appears leading gaming companies may not want to make as...
article Japan lawmakers agree on tax rate, limit casino resorts to three
(Japan) -- An agreement has been reached in Japan between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and allied Komeito party for a flat integrated resort casino (IR) tax...
article Three Japan Casino Resorts on Coalition Radar at 30 Percent Blanket Tax
(Japan) -- The outlook for Japan casinos is looking positive, but not without some potential blockades. After a stalemate and delays, Japan’s ruling coalition is...

3/27/2018

article Japan Lawmakers Agree on Resident Casino Entrance Restrictions
(Japan) -- Japan lawmakers deliberating regulations on the country’s forthcoming liberalization of commercial gaming reportedly came to terms this week on the...
article Japanese gamblers face restrictions on casino visits
(Japan) -- The Japanese have a saying, “If you do not enter the tiger’s cave, you will not catch its cub.” Simply put, nothing ventured, nothing gained...
article Ruling parties agree on casino visit restrictions for Japan residents
(Japan) -- Japan's ruling parties agreed Tuesday to impose weekly and monthly restrictions on the number of visits residents of the country can make to casinos, as...

3/26/2018

article Echizen City joins Japanese casino race
(Japan) -- In Japan, a group of business leaders from rural Fukui Prefecture has reportedly become the latest to launch a bid for the right to host one of up to six new...

3/23/2018

article Sources: Japan Casinos Will Need to File Transaction Reports for Amounts Exceeding $9,500
(Japan) -- According to government sources talking with The Japan Times, the country’s largest and oldest English-language newspaper, casino patrons will need to...

3/22/2018

article Japan may see first integrated casinos in 2026, analysts say
(Japan) -- Even if Japan’s Diet approves its Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill by the middle of this year, it may be at least eight years before people...
article Japan will require casino operators to report chip exchanges worth ¥1 million or more: sources
(Japan) -- Japan’s government plans to require operators of new casinos to report on customers who exchanged chips and cash worth ¥1 million ($9,500) or more...
article Gov't to obligate casino operators to report Y1 mil chip exchange
(Japan) -- The government plans to obligate casino operators to report on customers who exchanged chips and cash worth 1 million yen or more as part of anti-money...

3/20/2018

article Japan Sending A Strong Message On Casinos That Global Gaming Giants Don't Get
(Japan) -- International casino operators’ pulses have been racing since Japan took its first giant step toward casino legalization in December 2016. But Japanese...

3/19/2018

article Japanese Casino Bill Delayed, Could Miss Boat for 2018
(Japan) -- The introduction of Japan’s long-awaited IR bill, which will establish a framework of regulation for the country’s future casino industry, is...

3/16/2018

article Komeito looking at minimum ¥8,000 admission fee for casinos
(Japan) -- Komeito, the junior coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, plans to call for an admission fee of at least ¥8,000 for planned casinos,...

3/13/2018

article Melco Resorts Billionaire Lawrence Ho Predicts Japan Casino Bidding to Commence in 2019
(Japan) -- Lawrence Ho says his Melco Resorts, one of six licensed casino operators in Macau, is readying to make its case to Japanese lawmakers as to why the company is...

3/12/2018

article Could Shinzo Abe Corruption Scandal Derail Casino Process?
(Japan) -- Late last week, the Japanese lawmakers building a framework of regulation for the country’s future casino industry said they would petition the national...
article Japan’s Casino Licenses Auction Could Commence in 2019
(Japan) -- The gambling industry in Japan has a bright future ahead of itself and casino developers are willing to reserve their spot in the future field which could...

3/11/2018

article Lawrence Ho expects Japan casino licence bid to start 2019
(Japan) -- Lawrence Ho Yau Lung, chairman and chief executive of Asian casino developer Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd, says he expects the bidding process for a...

3/10/2018

article Japan’s Abe poised to raise stakes in casinos gambit
(Japan) -- International gaming operators may reap the rewards of over 15 years of lobbying this week as Japan’s ruling coalition parties meet to negotiate legislation...

3/7/2018

article Gov't to set casino exclusion, visit limit for residents
(Japan) -- The government is set to introduce a system to prohibit individuals from entering casinos or limit their visits in an integrated resort bill to be submitted...
article Japan casino biometric monitoring could give Melco Resorts a licensing edge
(Japan) -- Japan’s legislators continue to wrestle with the details of their casino legislation, even as the clock continues to tick away on the current...
article Japan Puts New Responsible Gambling Measures on the Table
(Japan) -- Japan was considered one of the largest untapped markets for legalized casinos in the world. For years, the political environment in the country was not...

3/6/2018

article More than 3 Japan casinos at outset unlikely: Komeito
(Japan) -- It would be “extremely hard” for Komeito, the smaller of the two parties in Japan’s governing coalition, to agree to more than three resorts...
article These Are the Thorny Issues Casino Operators Are Tracking in Japan
(Japan) -- Casino operators including MGM Resorts International and Las Vegas Sands Corp. are anxiously awaiting legislation that will provide a road map for large-scale...
article Abe Coalition Partner Seeks to Limit Number of Casinos to Three
(Japan) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition partner wants to limit to three the number of casinos to be licensed initially under the government...

3/4/2018

article Caesars mulls different locations for Japan scheme
(Japan) -- Senior executives of U.S.-based casino group Caesars Entertainment Corp visited Japan last week as the company plans to bid for a casino licence in that...

3/3/2018

article Japan Legislature Reportedly Mulling Up to Five Integrated Casino Resorts
(Japan) -- The Japan legislature, formally known as the National Diet, isn’t set on only authorizing two or three integrated casino resorts (IRs) as previously...

3/1/2018

article OP/ED: Gambling-mad Japan could get badly burned by legalised casinos
(Japan) -- With Japan about to legalise casinos, the government is seeking ways to tame an explosion of gambling that could be worth $40 billion a year. Tokyo aims to...
article Gambling-mad Japan could get badly burned by legalised casinos
(Massachusetts) -- With Japan about to legalise casinos, the government is seeking ways to tame an explosion of gambling that could be worth $40 billion a year. Tokyo...
article Japan still mulling casino resort numbers
(Japan) -- The number of casino resorts to be allowed in Japan post-liberalisation is still to be decided, despite media speculation that the issue might be settled...

2/26/2018

article Japan IR Measures May Scare Investors
(Japan) -- Gaming operators hoping to break into the Japan market may lose a little steam on learning about some restrictions that may be included in the IR...

2/22/2018

article Japan Considers $19 Casino Entry Fee For Locals
(Japan) -- The gears are slowly turning for Japan to finally have Las Vegas-style casino gambling. According to a report from Kyodo News, the Japanese government is...
article Japan Considers $19 Casino Entry Fee For Locals
(Japan) -- The gears are slowly turning for Japan to finally have Las Vegas-style casino gambling. According to a report from Kyodo News, the Japanese government is...

2/21/2018

article Japan mulls US$19 casino entry fee for nationals, residents
(Japan) -- The Japanese government has suggested to set a casino entry levy of JPY2,000 (US$18.6) for 24-hour access for the country’s nationals and residents, a...

2/20/2018

article Government proposes 2,000 yen casino admission fee for Japan residents
(Japan) -- The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday presented ruling party lawmakers with a plan to set the entrance fee to casinos for residents of...
article Japan casino revenue tax rate to start at 30%, top out at 50%
(Japan) -- Japan’s would-be casino operators got a major shock this week on reports that the government will impose a gaming revenue tax that tops out at a whopping 50%.

2/19/2018

article Japan aims to keep Yakuza, other riff-raff on casino sidelines
(Japan) -- Japan hopes to keep criminal elements out of its casino market by requiring would-be operators to shoulder the burden of their vetting process.
article Japan IR restrictions could deter operators: MS
(Japan) -- Banking group Morgan Stanley says that gaming operators could refrain from “investing too much” in future casino resorts in Japan given the long...

2/17/2018

article Will Japan’s casino plan create big business for yakuza?
(Japan) -- The Japanese government has outlined a scheme by which it intends to prevent excessive gambling becoming a social problem after the country’s first...
article Japanese Lawmakers Propose Restricting Casino Visits For Nationals
(Japan) -- Lawmakers in Japan tasked with drawing up a framework of regulation for the country’s future casino market presented a plan on Thursday designed to...

2/16/2018

article Japan to fix weekly and monthly limits for casino visitors
(Japan) -- The Japanese government has come out with a proposal to regulate the number of visits a person can make to casinos as a precaution against gambling addiction...

2/15/2018

article Japan casinos to limit locals to 3 visits per week, 10 per month
(Japan) -- Japan’s gamblers could face strict limits on their ability to access casinos under a new proposal submitted by the government this week. On Thursday,...
article Govt plans to limit weekly casino visits to 3 times
(Japan) -- The government on Thursday presented a plan to allow Japanese nationals to visit casinos to be set up in the country up to three times a week and up to 10...

2/10/2018

article Steve Wynn Scandal Improves MGM, Las Vegas Sands Japan Casino Odds, Threatens Macau Operations
(Japan) -- Steve Wynn and the company he founded have much more to lose than its namesake founder in the wake of his sexual misconduct scandal.

2/7/2018

article Japan must balance consumer, casino industry needs: ICE
(London) -- Too much focus on protecting players in Japan’s nascent casino industry could have a negative effect on that country’s economic growth objectives...

1/29/2018

article Japan poker organisation plans Macau, Taiwan events
(Japan) -- The All Japan Poker Championship (AJPC) announced on Monday plans to hold tournaments in Macau and Taiwan as part of its 2018 Asian circuit series. The AJPC...
article Japan to authorise online lottery ticket sales
(Japan) -- Authorities in Japan are set to allow the sale of lottery tickets online from October, according to reports in the Japan Times. Japan’s internal affairs...

1/28/2018

article Ministry approves online sale for lottery tickets in Japan
(Japan) -- Public-run lottery tickets in Japan will soon be sold online amid slumping sales, according to the country’s internal affairs ministry. Japan Times...

1/22/2018

article Abe opens Japan parliament with casino tourism pledge
(Japan) -- Japan’s government is to submit the Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill to parliament, in order to advance the country’s status as a...

1/18/2018

article Wakayama governor pledges casino safeguards for public
(Japan) -- A public meeting on the idea of having a casino resort in Wakayama prefecture (pictured) in Japan heard commentary on the reported economic benefits such a...

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