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Trump tried to help a Republican megadonor build a casino in Japan

During an important meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February 2017, President Donald Trump asked the leader to consider allowing American casinos to build in his country.

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10/15/2018

article Casino company Melco envisions esports as big draw for Japan resort
(Japan) -- A Hong Kong based casino operator is hoping to attract millennials and Chinese tourists into its planned new Japanese resort with an esports stadium, in a...

10/14/2018

article Japan denies Trump-LVS talk
(Japan) -- US President Donald Trump did not ask Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to strongly consider Las Vegas Sands for a casino licence, a top Japanese government...
article Tokyo chooses Deloitte for casino impact study
(Japan) -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has chosen business services firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC to do what is termed an “Integrated Resort impact study...

10/12/2018

article Controversial casino-style gaming a hit with the elderly at adult day care centers
(Japan) -- As the government is preparing to introduce casinos to increase tax revenues and shore up the economy, some adult day care centers in Tokyo and other parts of...
article Japan’s top government spokesman denies Trump asked Abe to ‘strongly consider’ giving casino license to one of his benefactors
(Japan) -- The top government spokesman Thursday denied a report that U.S. President Donald Trump asked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2017 to “strongly consider...

10/10/2018

article 'Patron-in-chief’: Trump Reportedly Helps Promote Mega-donor Adelson's Casino Business in Japan
(USA) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has helped promote Sheldon Adelson's business interests, ProPublica reported Wednesday, documenting the alleged strong influence...
article OP/ED: This Is Pay-for-Play Corruption, Plain and Simple
(USA) -- Maybe the seminal work of conservative political art in this era was Jon McNaughton's "Crossing the Swamp" painting. It was such a fantastic...
article Report: Trump personally lobbied Japan PM on Sands’ casino bid
(USA) -- US President Donald Trump personally lobbied Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Las Vegas Sands’ bid for a Japanese casino license, according to a...
article Trump tried to help a Republican megadonor build a casino in Japan
(USA) -- During an important meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February 2017, President Donald Trump asked the leader to consider allowing American...

10/9/2018

article Japan sounds local govts ahead of casino bid framework
(Japan) -- Japan’s central government body coordinating casino liberalisation policy is contacting 67 major local governments across the nation asking what plans,...

10/8/2018

article Japan outlines plans for new casino regulator
(Japan) -- The frame work of Japan’s nascent commercial casino industry continues to be laid , after the Diet prime minister Shinzo Abe passed its Integrated...

10/7/2018

article Outsiders Still Misunderstand Japan Casino Opportunity
(Japan) -- A recent entry on a investing discussion board asked, “In which quarter in 2019 do you think Japan will determine the three [casino] licensees?” Might as well...

9/28/2018

article Caesars eyes Okinawa as it unveils four Japanese casino plans
(Japan) -- Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment is eager to operate one of Japan's first casino resorts and has concepts ready for any of the proposed locations:...

9/27/2018

article Caesars Japan Unveils Plans for Yokohama ‘Great Wave’ Integrated Resort
(Japan) -- Caesars wants to be big in Japan. At a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday, the US casino giant’s Japanese arm revealed its proposal for an...

9/25/2018

article Abe leader victory unlikely to speed casinos: analysts
(Japan) -- The re-election of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (pictured) as president of the governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is not likely to speed the...
article Yokohama IR draws international interest
(Japan) -- As the casino industry awaits to see what will happen with the segment in Japan, different regions in the archipelago continue to assess the perks of pushing...

9/24/2018

article Analysis: Abe’s re-election is good news for global casino firms
(Japan) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide election last week, paving the way for up to...
article Twelve firms submit Yokohama IR information
(Japan) -- A dozen companies submitted plans and information to the Yokohama municipal government before the RFI deadline last Friday. Among these, eight were...

9/13/2018

article Tokyo Casino on the Horizon? City Prepares Impact Study
(Japan) -- Tokyo city officials are to commission an impact study into hosting an integrated resort, the first concrete interest the Japanese capital has shown in...

9/7/2018

article Wakayama sees 33 proposals for new integrated resort
(Japan) -- Citizens of Yokohama, Japan, may not want a casino, but this won’t be a problem. There are plenty of other areas that are more than happy to receive a...

9/6/2018

article Wakayama Prefecture in Japan: Casino Operators Apply in Droves After Yokohama Shows Less Than Love
(Japan) -- Wakayama Prefecture may not yet be a staunch favorite to win one of Japan’s three casino licenses, but it’s among the most enthusiastic applicants...

9/5/2018

article Japanese Citizens in Yokohama Almost Unanimously Oppose Casinos
(Japan) -- A staggering 94 percent of Yokohama citizens says they have “negative” viewpoints on allowing an integrated casino resort to be built in Japan...

9/3/2018

article Macau and Singapore offer lessons on fighting gambling addiction
(Japan) -- As Japan prepares to open its first casino, possibly in the mid-2020s, concerns about gambling addiction are looming larger. Japan may be able to learn from...

8/31/2018

article Hokkaido government mulling over integrated casino resort bid
(Japan) -- In Japan, the government for the northern island of Hokkaido is reportedly hoping to decide by the end of the year whether it should join the race to host one...
article Hokkaido government mulling over integrated casino resort bid
(Japan) -- In Japan, the government for the northern island of Hokkaido is reportedly hoping to decide by the end of the year whether it should join the race to host one...

8/30/2018

article Japan Forming Casino Administration Committee, 40 Municipalities Want Integrated Resort
(Japan) -- In less than a year, Japan will unveil its Casino Administration Committee (CAC), a government agency that will be tasked with overseeing and regulating...
article Japan IR legislation: What’s next?
(Japan) -- Japan reached a major milestone in July when the Diet, Japan’s legislative body, passed both the IR Implementation Bill and the Basic Bill on Gambling...
article Japan to establish casino administration committee effective next year
(Japan) -- Yesterday, it was announced that Japan has plans to create an oversight body for their new casino industry. Set to be known as the casino administration...

8/29/2018

article VIDEO: Race to host Japan’s first legal casino
(Japan) -- The race among local governments in Japan to be the first to host a legal casino in an Integrated Resort has kicked off.

8/22/2018

article Foreign casino operators lobbying hard in Japan
(Japan) -- In Japan, a host of foreign gambling operators are reportedly going all out in hopes of securing one of the three casino licenses that are going to be made...

8/21/2018

article Nine overseas IR operators join Yokohama RFI process
(Japan) -- At the explanation meeting held on Monday, the Yokohama municipal authorities released a breakdown of the 22 companies that have joined the RFI process,...

8/20/2018

article Foreign casino operators go all in as they vie for Osaka license
(Japan) -- In late July, a lavish fireworks display lit up Osaka’s skies in the finale to one of Japan’s most famous festivals, courtesy of a first-time sponsor: Macau...

8/18/2018

article Osaka leaders revel as casinos bid for attention
(Japan) -- When the Diet passed a law governing the operation of integrated casino resorts last month, public celebrations were few. Media polls showed strong public...

8/14/2018

article Japanese Pachinko Parlours to be hit hard by New Regulation
(Japan) -- Pachinko parlours have been the number one gambling associated game in Japan for a long time. However, recently the sector has been suffering a decline due to...
article Japan’s lotteries hope online expansion can reverse slide
(Japan) -- Japan plans to expand online lottery options this October in order to attract a younger generation of customers and hopefully avoid a third straight year of...

8/13/2018

article Osaka governor wants Japan to pick up the pace on gambling
(Japan) -- Now that the Japanese government has signed off on gambling, at least one governor is getting anxious for the country to start the casino licensing process....

8/10/2018

article Japanese government being urged to speed up casino licensing process
(Japan) -- In Japan, the Governor for Osaka Prefecture has reportedly suggested that the central government should quicken the licensing process for the nation’s...

8/8/2018

article Casinos to Start Jockeying for Japan's 3 New Licenses
(Japan) -- Japan's national legislature finally approved a law legalizing casino gambling Opens a New Window. in the country that will allow gambling in as many as...

8/1/2018

article Konami slot division quarterly revenue down, profit up
(Japan) -- Konami Corp’s gaming and systems division reported net revenue of approximately JPY6.4 billion (US$57.4 million) for the three months ended June 30,...
article Pachinko and Slot Machine Addiction in Japan
(Japan) -- The Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill establishing IR operational rules was passed by the Diet in July 2018. The first casino established under the law...

7/31/2018

article Why are casinos controversial in Japan?
(Japan) -- The government insists casinos as part of "integrated resorts" will create jobs and attract tourists. Opponents say they will encourage gambling...

7/30/2018

article Already suffering a slowdown, Japan’s pachinko industry now braces for gambling-addiction regulations
(Japan) -- Like many pachinko parlors throughout Japan, Naomi Suzuki’s establishment on the outskirts of the city of Fukushima was once full of energy, with the...

7/27/2018

article Casino Moguls Ready to Battle for Japan Gambling Licenses
(Japan) -- The island nation of Japan has intrigued tourists for many years and now global casino bigwigs are lining up to take advantage of an exciting new opportunity...

7/26/2018

article Japan’s pinball gambling industry rakes in 30 times more cash than Las Vegas casinos
(Japan) -- Each year, Japanese gamblers spend $200 billion on vertical pinball-like slot machines called pachinko. That's 30 times the annual gambling revenue of Las...
article Las Vegas Sands in “pole position” for Japan IR due to MICE track record: Adelson
(Japan) -- Las Vegas Sands (LVS) Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson says his previous experience aiding Japan’s MICE industry gives the company a huge advantage in...
article Sheldon Adelson Says Sands in ‘Leading Position’ for Japan Casino License
(Japan) -- Billionaire Sheldon Adelson believes his Las Vegas Sands empire is the frontrunner for licensure in Japan. Talking with investors this week on the company...
article Japan finally gets casinos
(Japan) -- THE sun beats down on a queue of punters outside the Espace pachinko parlour in central Tokyo. Inside is an air-conditioned oasis. Japanese people wage over...

7/25/2018

article Galaxy continues Japan push with Monaco Boys Choir performances
(Japan) -- Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) and its partner Monte Carlo Société des Bains de Mer (SBM) have continued to promote their Japanese IR ambitions via a...
article Genting Singapore incorporates new Japanese subsidiaries
(Japan) -- Genting Singapore has upped the ante in its pursuit of a Japan casino license by incorporating five new wholly-owned Japanese subsidiaries. In an announcement...
article Japan’s pinball gambling industry rakes in 30 times more cash than Las Vegas casinos
(Japan) -- Each year, Japanese gamblers spend $200 billion on vertical pinball-like slot machines called pachinko. That's 30 times the annual gambling revenue of Las...
article Las Vegas Sands sees Japan relationship as asset for possible casino license
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson said Wednesday that his decadeslong ties to Japan give his company a leg up in the fierce battle for a casino...
article PODCAST: Casino Gambling Is Coming To Japan - But Not Until About 2025
(Japan) -- It’s been a long time coming – but there will soon be casino gambling in Japan. Well, soon being the year 2025, give or take. Last week, Japanese...

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...
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...

7/21/2018

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 “...

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