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More details emerge concerning coming Japanese casinos

In Japan, more information concerning the specific rules and guidelines that could govern the nation’s coming integrated casino resorts has reportedly been revealed following last week’s meeting between an expert panel and government officials from the Office of Integrated Resort Regime Promotion.

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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(Japan) -- In Japan, the ruling coalition has withdrawn its Basic Bill on Gambling Addiction Countermeasures, which it had submitted last December, and in its place...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...

1/17/2018

article Caesars appoints former senator to three-person Japan Advisory Committee
(Japan) -- Former US Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (pictured) is now part of a three-person Japan Advisory Committee established by Caesars Entertainment...
article Caesars forms heavyweight Advisory Committee to lead Japan bid
(Japan) -- US gambling operator Caesars Entertainment is increasing its focus on winning a Japan ‘integrated resorts’ licence, forming a strategic ‘...

1/3/2018

article Gambling Addiction in the Land of Pachinko
(Japan) -- Gambling in Japan has long been as easy as stepping into the country’s ubiquitous pachinko parlors. Wagering is set to expand, though, after the...

12/30/2017

article It’s Not Gambling If the Girls Are Cute Enough, Rules Japanese Agency
(Japan) -- Popular ‘gachapon’ style gambling games have been deemed legal in Japan provided the girls being used to entice players to keep playing are cute...

12/29/2017

article Universal unit files lawsuit in HK against Kazuo Okada
(Japan) -- Japanese gaming conglomerate Universal Entertainment Corp says a wholly owned Hong Kong subsidiary, Tiger Resort Asia Ltd, has filed a lawsuit alleging damage...

12/27/2017

article JRA To Help Families Of Online Gambling Addicts
(Japan) -- The Japan Racing Association (JRA) recently announced that it will be introducing a new system that will allow the family members of online gambling addicts...

12/26/2017

article Japan Racing Association to introduce new iGambling blocking system
(Japan) -- In efforts to assist with gambling problems in Japan, the Japan Racing Association (JRA) is set to introduce a new program that will allow family members of...

12/25/2017

article New JRA system to let addicts’ families block online gambling
(Japan) -- Families of gambling addicts will be able to block their kin from online horse betting under a new system the Japan Racing Association plans to introduce this...

12/23/2017

article Osaka game centers raided for rigging claw crane machines
(Japan) -- Osaka Prefectural Police have busted a company for rigging arcade games such that winning was not possible in a case that is considered a nationwide first,...

12/18/2017

article Japan event set for May
(Japan) -- The Japan Gaming Congress held by Clarion Gaming has confirmed dates for the 2018 conference. It will be held at the Conrad Tokyo on May 10-11. Returning for...

12/17/2017

article Japan Gaming Congress returning ahead of IR bid
(Japan) -- The Japan Gaming Congress will return in 2018 with a conference at the Conrad Tokyo from May 10 to 11. Returning for its third year, the Congress is the...

12/13/2017

article Odds are against pachinko to steer clear of gambling rules
(Japan) -- Hiding a garish, blaring $200bn gambling industry in plain sight for half a century is a brilliant strategy as long as it works. When it does not, as Japan is...

12/12/2017

article Odds are against pachinko to steer clear of gambling rules
(Japan) -- Hiding a garish, blaring $200bn gambling industry in plain sight for half a century is a brilliant strategy as long as it works. When it does not, as Japan is...
article The industry supports Japan’s attempts
(Japan) -- As legislators in Japan are expected to debate further bills on casino regulation, specially focused on potential problem gambling, the business consultancy...

12/11/2017

article Japan delays bill to January
(Japan) -- Casino industry in Japan has been put on hold since national legislators have postponed debates related to further regulations to activate the approved gaming...

12/9/2017

article Japan gambling addiction bill delayed to 2018
(Japan) -- The lower house of Japan’s parliament took measures on Friday to carry over an anti-gambling addiction bill to the next session, expected to start in...

12/8/2017

article Japan gambling addiction bill delayed to 2018
(Japan) -- The lower house of Japan’s parliament took measures on Friday to carry over an anti-gambling addiction bill to the next session, expected to start in...

12/6/2017

article MGM partners with Osaka
(Japan) -- 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...

12/5/2017

article New proposal to regulate gaming in Japan
(Japan) -- Representatives of the lower house of Japan’s Parliament are debating soon a new proposal to address problem gambling, as the casino industry’s...

12/4/2017

article Anti-addiction measures added to proposed Japanese casino legislation
(Japan) -- In Japan, lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic/Komeito coalition reportedly introduced legislation on Friday that would insert a series of anti-...

12/2/2017

article Melco pledges headquarters in Japan if it wins casino licence
(Japan) -- Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd will shift its headquarters to Japan should it win a licence to run a casino in the world's next frontier for high-...

12/1/2017

article Japan pushes for speedy passage of gambling addiction bill
(Japan) -- Japan’s ruling coalition is pressing legislators to approve a gambling addiction bill before they head home for their winter break. On Friday, Prime...
article Japan Ruling Parties Reintroduce Responsible Gambling Bill
(Japan) -- Japan’s ruling parties reintroduced on Friday a bill calling for the implementation of responsible gambling measures and tools, local news outlet Jiji...

11/30/2017

article Melco promises HQ in Japan if it wins casino licence
(Japan) -- The head of Melco Crown Entertainment, one of Macau’s biggest casino groups, has pledged to move his headquarters to Japan if awarded a licence to...

11/27/2017

article Osakans against Yumeshima IR
(Japan) -- Sooner or later, Japan will see integrated resorts starting to rise as the casino industry is set to land on the archipelago and awaits for the regulatory...
article UNLV gaming research may influence decisions on Japan casinos
(Las Vegas) -- Two reports issued by UNLV’s International Gaming Institute may influence Japanese lawmakers next year when they begin sifting through the issues of...
article UNLV weighs in on Japan's casino industry
(Las Vegas) -- The University of Las Vegas’ International Gaming Institute has published two research reports on the nascent Japanese casino industry. Its first...

11/26/2017

article How UNLV Researchers Are Helping Shape Rollout of Casino Gambling in Japan
(Las Vegas) -- The Japanese government is systematically moving forward, albeit slowly, with legislation that will authorize the development of integrated gaming resorts...
article Japanese Legislators Could Depend On UNLV Report To Formulate Gaming Regulation In 2018
(Japan) -- Japanese legislators are expected to discuss gaming regulation early next year and finalize the rules and regulations that will govern its new casino industry...
article Efforts under way to help addicts ahead of legalized casino gambling
(Japan) -- For Tsutomu Nakamura, taking back control of his life after gambling addiction meant having to first "hit rock bottom." The 50-year-old preached the...

11/24/2017

article UNLV gaming research may influence decisions on Japan casinos
(Las Vegas) -- Two reports issued by UNLV’s International Gaming Institute may influence Japanese lawmakers next year when they begin sifting through the issues of...

11/21/2017

article Japan looks to take on addiction ahead of legalized casino gambling
(Japan) -- For Tsutomu Nakamura, taking back control of his life from a gambling addiction meant first hitting rock bottom. The 50-year-old preached the same mantra to...

11/20/2017

article Japan delays a gambling bill for next year
(Japan) -- The two ruling coalition parties in Japan decided to maintain their position to delay the consideration of a gambling addiction bill, called “Basic Bill...
article Japan’s gambling addiction bill postponed until 2018
(Japan) -- Japan’s two ruling coalition parties have announced that they have decided to maintain their stance on postponing the consideration of a gambling...
article Rusutsu Resort to join battle for Japanese casino license
(Japan) -- The field of those interested in operating one of the integrated casino resorts being planned for Japan now has another player after local tourism firm Kamori...
article Efforts under way to help addicts ahead of legalized casino gambling
(Japan) -- For Tsutomu Nakamura, taking back control of his life after gambling addiction meant having to first "hit rock bottom."

11/15/2017

article Caesars Goes All in on Japan With Plans for Two Resort Concepts
(Japan) -- Caesars Entertainment (CZR - Get Report) wants to make a big bet on Japan. A year after the country of 127 million people legalized casino gambling, Caesars...
article Nagasaki to conduct RFI
(Japan) -- The casino industry is set to take over Japan in the near future and Nagasaki wants to host its own integrated resort. That’s why the prefecture is set...

11/9/2017

article Nevada casino mobster tussles offer Japan lessons: UNLV
(Japan) -- Japan can learn from Nevada’s experience, to ensure organised crime does not infiltrate the former’s nascent casino industry, and to make sure the...

11/6/2017

article No timetable yet for Japanese casino legislation
(Japan) -- Despite being re-elected as the Prime Minister of Japan last month, Shinzo Abe (pictured) has reportedly yet to set a timetable for his government to bring...

11/5/2017

article Japan’s leisure sector offers Las Vegas casinos little relaxation
(Japan) -- A night out in Japan can swirl alluringly from karaoke bar to Michelin-starred restaurant and back to an onsen hot spring, but from a stock investor’s...

11/2/2017

article Sega Sammy Holdings Incorporated reiterates Japan casino plans
(Japan) -- In Japan, the boss for pachinko giant Sega Sammy Holdings Incorporated has reportedly reiterated his company’s desire to open an integrated casino...

11/1/2017

article Japanese lawmakers support casino legalisation
(Japan) -- A new survey carried away by Mainichi Shinbun revealed that a majority of lawmakers of the House of Representatives support the legalisation of casino...

10/30/2017

article Still likely long haul on Japan casino story: Wynn exec
(Japan) -- There is likely to be a “long process” in order to set up a Japanese casino industry even after the passage of necessary legislation, but the...

10/26/2017

article Deutsche Bank to relaunch property lending in Japan
(Japan) -- Deutsche Bank AG (DBKGn.DE) is relaunching its real estate lending business in Japan, after scaling it down post the 2008 financial crisis, as it looks to tap...
article Japan Election Results Will Now Speed Casino Bill
(Japan) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan won a landslide snap election last Sunday that assured his LDP Party and its coalition partner, Komieto, control of the...

10/22/2017

article Gaming mogul Packer retreats from Japan plans
(Japan) -- Tycoon James Packer on Monday (Oct 23) said plans for gaming empire Crown to expand into the lucrative Japanese market were "off the table" as the...
article Japan casino hopes rise on Shinzo Abe election win
(Japan) -- As Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) claimed overwhelming victory in Sunday’s general election, giving succour to those who hope for a casino...
article Packer hedges his bets on Japan casino
(Japan) -- James Packer has played down the prospects of Crown Resorts pushing for a casino licence in Japan, and warned there is risk the company is overcapitalising on...

10/19/2017

article US Casino Companies Eye Huge New Market in Japan
(Japan) -- Looking for ways to boost the economy via the tourist trade, the administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering allowing casino gambling...

10/16/2017

article Japanese Anti-IR Activists Intervene In Kinmen Referendum [sub req'd]
(Japan) -- Two Japanese activist groups opposed to the development of integrated resorts (IRs) have travelled to Taiwan’s Kinmen island to attack casino gambling...
article U.S. casino operators are lining up to open in Japan, ‘a bigger market than Las Vegas’
(Japan) -- American gambling companies are falling over themselves to win favour in Japan, where the government is preparing to allow casinos to open their doors in...

10/15/2017

article Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture Delays Unveiling of Grand Casino Plan
(Japan) -- Japan’s Wakayama prefecture will delay the announcement of its “Master Plan” for an integrated resort until March due to the forthcoming...

10/11/2017

article Melco Resorts ups Japan ties ahead of likely casino bid
(Japan) -- Asian casino operator Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd appears to be stepping up its efforts to integrate into Japan’s business and tourism sectors...

10/9/2017

article Macau casino magnate Lawrence Ho dreams of a big win with his bet on Japan
(Japan) -- For Melco Resorts & Entertainment’s chairman and chief executive, Lawrence Ho Yau-lung, next June will be crunch time for his dream to extend his...

10/6/2017

article Genting is targeting Japan
(Japan) -- According to Genting Singapore, the Japanese market has been selected as one of the targets for the Asian company. Since the Japanese Congress decided to...

10/5/2017

article David Beckham and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh help Las Vegas Sands to woo Japan
(Japan) -- It’s the stuff that isn’t about gambling that might count in the battle be among the first to build casinos in Japan. A little bit of help from...

10/4/2017

article Japan’s casino industry could offer lifeline to fading Yakuza
(Japan) -- Casino operator Las Vegas Sands trotted out Posh Spice’s husband in a bid to impress the Japanese public on Sands’ ability to build the finest zig...
article US casino giant Sands eyes $10bn resort in Japan
(Japan) -- Major casino operator Las Vegas Sands is eager to open a world-class integrated resort in Japan that focuses on exhibition halls and other non-casino...

10/3/2017

article The Odds And Perils Of Gambling Successfully On Japan's New Casinos
(Japan) -- The process of legalizing casino gaming in Japan will reportedly be completed during the ordinary Diet session in the spring of 2018. Some estimates have put...
article Over 3 million Japanese have experienced gambling addictions
(Japan) -- According to a government-commissioned report, around 3.2 million Japanese people have suffered from some form of gambling addiction at some point in their...

10/2/2017

article Beware Japanese researchers bearing problem gambling stats
(Japan) -- A new gambling addiction survey claims 3.2m Japanese citizens have trouble keeping their gambling in check, although the criteria used in the study appears to...

10/1/2017

article Macau casino scion Ho rolls dice on Japan’s foray into gambling
(Hong Kong) -- Casino magnate Lawrence Ho — son of Macau gaming legend Stanley Ho — is eyeing a major foray into Japan as he seeks to broaden his family...

9/30/2017

article Macau casino scion rolls dice on Japan venture
(Japan) -- Casino magnate Lawrence Ho — son of Macau gaming legend Stanley Ho — is eyeing a major foray into Japan as he seeks to broaden his family’s...

9/29/2017

article Gaming Mogul Lawrence Ho Convinced Huge Japanese Bet Will Pay Out
(Japan) -- Billionaire Macau casino magnate Lawrence Ho declared Japan’s nascent gaming industry to be “the most exciting market,” as the world’s...
article An estimated 3.2 million Japanese addicted to gambling
(Japan) -- Around 3.2 million Japanese have likely suffered from gambling addiction, a government survey shows, amid renewed concern about pathological gambling since a...

9/28/2017

article Gaming Mogul Lawrence Ho Convinced Huge Japanese Bet Will Pay Out
(Macau) -- Billionaire Macau casino magnate Lawrence Ho declared Japan’s nascent gaming industry to be “the most exciting market,” as the world’s...

9/26/2017

article Japanese snap election delays Integrated Resorts
(Japan) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called a snap election, postponing the country's integrated resort bill which is currently being discussed. The...

9/25/2017

article Abe snap poll likely pushes Japan casino bill to 2018
(Japan) -- Japan is to have a snap general election in late October, reported on Monday afternoon several international media outlets. At a press conference that day,...

9/23/2017

article Japan’s Integrated Casino Resort Market Should Be More Fully Liberalized, Investment Firm Morningstar Opines
(Japan) -- Japan’s forthcoming integrated casino market won’t be able to achieve its maximum revenue potential should the federal government implement...

9/22/2017

article Japan casino hype
(Japan) -- There was never intention from the beginning to implement the Integrated Resorts (IR) bill in Japan in 2017, with the attention of Japan’s government...

9/21/2017

article Development of the Japanese Gambling Industry
(Japan) -- As a rule of thumb, the gambling industry in casino venues and betting shops always guarantees big revenue to any government. It is expected to bring lots of...
article Locals curbs would dent Japan casino biz: Morningstar
(Japan) -- The commercial success of any Japanese casino resorts would in likelihood depend on local demand for gaming, says a Thursday note from investment research...

9/18/2017

article Japan Snap Election Threatens to Pigeonhole Casino Regulation Rollout
(Japan) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is mulling the idea of an October snap election in a bid to consolidate power in the Diet while opposition is weak. But...
article Snap election threatens Japan’s casino legislative progress
(Japan) -- Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is reportedly planning to call a snap election, which would almost certainly impose further delays on passage of...
article Snap Japan election would kill IR law hopes for 2017: analyst
(Japan) -- A snap general election in Japan would “all but guarantee” that enabling legislation for a Japanese casino industry – commonly referred to as the IR (...

9/13/2017

article Japan has OKed casinos. Will pachinko pave the way to gambling addiction?
(Japan) -- Every morning in suburban Japan, men and women young and old join snaking queues near train stations. At 10am, doors open and the crowd surges in, fanning out...
article Ten operators interested in Japan city
(Japan) -- Tomakomai city is considered as one of the most popular Japanese regions due to its casino development potential. The city could become host of one of the...

9/10/2017

article MGM’s Murren hints local-led, 2025 target for Japan casino
(Japan) -- A presentation in Tokyo, Japan, from James Murren, chairman of U.S. casino operator MGM Resorts International, indicated that any consortium it might work...

9/8/2017

article Steve Wynn flags three Japan cities casino candidates
(Japan) -- Casino entrepreneur Steve Wynn, currently pursuing the opportunity of a casino licence in Japan, has mentioned Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama as examples of...
article Steve Wynn names Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama as target Japanese cities
(Japan) -- Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama are the three Japanese cities in which Wynn Resorts is looking to build an integrated resort, according to Chairman and CEO Steve...

9/7/2017

article Japan to debate casino law
(Japan) -- During the current Diet Session, Japanese Congress is set to finally address a comprehensive casino proposal to approve gaming development.
article LVS’s Adelson to Tokyo, Osaka for casino update: firm
(Japan) -- Sheldon Adelson (pictured), chairman and founder of U.S.-based casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS), last week visited Tokyo and Osaka “to get an...

9/6/2017

article Japan evaluates iGaming
(Japan) -- The government of Japan is assessing another gaming proposal after the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry presented a project to legalise online...
article Suncity interested in Japan
(Japan) -- Suncity representatives revealed their interest in participating in the upcoming Japanese casino market. One of Macau’s most renowned junket operator...

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