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Yokohama Is Setting Aside $3.6 Million for Integrated Resort Plans

Japan’s second-largest city behind Tokyo is competing with several other large metropolitan areas, including the capitol city and Osaka, to become home to one of the first three casino-resorts the country is expected to approve next year.

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4/1/2020

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

3/30/2020

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

3/29/2020

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

3/25/2020

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

3/24/2020

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

3/22/2020

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

3/16/2020

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

3/12/2020

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

3/8/2020

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

2/24/2020

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

2/23/2020

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

2/21/2020

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

2/20/2020

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

2/17/2020

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

2/16/2020

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

2/15/2020

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

2/14/2020

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

2/13/2020

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

2/12/2020

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

2/9/2020

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

2/6/2020

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

2/4/2020

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

2/3/2020

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

1/31/2020

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

1/30/2020

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

1/29/2020

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

1/27/2020

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

1/26/2020

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

1/24/2020

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

1/23/2020

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

1/22/2020

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

1/20/2020

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

1/19/2020

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

1/18/2020

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

1/16/2020

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

1/15/2020

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

1/14/2020

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

1/13/2020

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

1/12/2020

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

1/11/2020

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

1/10/2020

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

1/9/2020

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

1/8/2020

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

1/7/2020

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

1/6/2020

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

1/5/2020

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

1/4/2020

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

1/3/2020

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

1/2/2020

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

1/1/2020

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

12/30/2019

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

12/28/2019

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

12/26/2019

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

12/25/2019

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

12/24/2019

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

12/20/2019

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

12/19/2019

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

12/18/2019

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

12/16/2019

article Nagasaki IR plan announced, public comments to be accepted from 20 December
(Japan) -- Nagasaki prefecture has announced its Implementation Policy Draft, including the scope of a future IR and a selection method for its operator. Public comments...
article Osaka Casino Committee Formed to Select Operating Partner, Mayor Says 2025 Opening Unrealistic
(Japan) -- The Osaka prefecture and city have jointly formed a seven-person committee that will be responsible for selecting the region’s private-sector integrated...
article Osaka changes IR timeline with 2026 opening now on the table
(Japan) -- In a major policy shift for Osaka, Mayor Ichiro Matsui stated on Friday that he was now willing to accept a full-scale opening of an IR after the end of the...
article Osaka Mayor gives up on 2025 opening
(Japan) -- In Japan, Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui has given up on his long-cherished goal to open the Yumeshima IR before the 2025 World Expo and stated that bidders would...
article Osaka thinks delay to 2026 for casino realistic: reports
(Japan) -- The mayor of Osaka, Ichiro Matsui, said on Friday that it was likely that a casino resort could only be opened in that city in 2026, rather than the...

12/15/2019

article Nagasaki IR plan announced, public comments to be accepted from 20 December
(Japan) -- Nagasaki prefecture has announced its Implementation Policy Draft, including the scope of a future IR and a selection method for its operator. Public comments...

12/14/2019

article Wynn Resorts to have Yokohama focus for Japan: CEO
(Japan) -- Casino operator Wynn Resorts Ltd announced in a statement published online on Wednesday a “Yokohama focus” to its campaign to win a Japan casino...

12/13/2019

article Japan Delays Casino Tax Plan Again
(Japan) -- Casino gambling has technically been legal in Japan since 2016, when a bill was passed to legalize gambling. But things are moving very slowly.
article Japan pauses plan to withhold tax on foreigners’ casino winnings
(Japan) -- Japan’s plan to withhold tax on casino winnings by foreign gamblers has been shelved, at least temporarily, for fear of scaring off casino investors. On...

12/12/2019

article Wakayama Prefecture releases updated casino timetable plans
(Japan) -- In Japan and the government for Wakayama Prefecture has reportedly announced that it is hopeful of being able to announce the preferred operator for its...
article Wakayama Prepares to casino RFP in Spring 2020
(Japan) -- A new report finds that authorities in Wakayama plan to launch a request for proposal (RFP) process in the spring of 2020. This process will seek private...
article Wynn CEO Maddox Confirms Yokohama Intentions
(Japan) -- Wynn Resorts, Ltd. (NASDAQ:WYNN) CEO Matt Maddox confirmed the gaming operator is focusing its Japan efforts on Yokohama and that the company will soon open...

12/11/2019

article Investor jitters in Japan as regulatory noose starts to tighten
(Japan) -- For so long considered Asian gaming’s next golden goose, could the shine be starting to wear off Japan’s burgeoning integrated resort industry? In...
article IR revenue to be split by population between four special wards, according to Osaka Metropolis plan
(Japan) -- A legal conference to discuss the Osaka Metropolis plan system, which will eliminate Osaka city and reorganize it into four special wards, was held on Tuesday...
article Japan pauses plan to withhold tax on foreigners' casino winnings
(Japan) -- Japan’s plan to withhold tax on casino winnings by foreign gamblers has been shelved, at least temporarily, for fear of scaring off casino investors. On...

12/9/2019

article Melco Resorts CEO Lawrence Ho Expects Yokohama Integrated Resort Will Cost at Least $10 Billion
(Japan) -- Add Melco Resorts Chairman and CEO Lawrence to the list of gaming executives forecasting massive price tags to build high-end integrated resorts in Japan. Ho...

12/6/2019

article 1st Japan IR Expo in Hokkaido canceled
(Japan) -- The 1st Japan IR Expo in Hokkaido, originally scheduled for 11 and 12 December, has been canceled following Governor Suzuki’s announcement that the...
article Yokohama holds first public briefing about development of IRs
(Japan) -- Yokohama city has held its first public briefing on the city’s plans to develop an integrated resort, with Mayor Fumiko Hayashi among those in...
article Melco Resorts announces plans to develop 280-room hotel at Nagano ski resort
(Japan) -- Melco Resorts & Entertainment has announced that it will begin building a hotel at Okushiga Kogen in Nagano prefecture. The Asian integrated resort...

12/3/2019

article Michio Kitamura’s appointment as first chair of Japan’s Casino Administration Committee approved
(Japan) -- Japan’s Upper House has passed by a majority agreement of all parties the appointment of Michio Kitamura as first Chairman of the Casino Administration...

12/2/2019

article Japan considering applying withholding tax to casino winnings of non-resident foreigners
(Japan) -- The government is considering a plan to withhold taxes on winnings by nonresident foreigners at casino resorts, according to sources close to the matter. The...

12/1/2019

article Four entities so far in Nagasaki casino RFC phase
(Japan) -- Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture has seen, as of Friday, a total of four entities confirm participation in its request-for-concept (RFC) process regarding a...
article Government considering applying withholding tax to casino winnings of non-resident foreigners
(Japan) -- The government is considering a plan to withhold taxes on winnings by nonresident foreigners at casino resorts to be introduced under Japan’s newly-...

11/29/2019

article Hokkaido drops casino resort bid amid environmental concerns
(Japan) -- Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki has announced that the Japanese island will no longer seek an immediate bid to construct an integrated casino resort due to...
article Hokkaido will not bid to host casino due to local environment concerns
(Japan) -- The governor of Hokkaido said Friday the prefecture will not pursue an immediate bid to construct a casino resort under Japan's newly-liberalized gambling...

11/28/2019

article Hokkaido officially pulls out of casino resort bidding over environmental concerns
(Japan) -- Gov. Naomichi Suzuki formally announced Friday that Hokkaido would pass on bidding for an integrated casino resort — at least for now. “I judged it impossible...

11/27/2019

article Hokkaido may pull out of race to host casino resort
(Japan) -- Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido is considering forgoing making a bid to host newly legalized casino resorts partly due to environmental...
article Japan striving to ensure IRs produce minimal negative effects
(Japan) -- With Japan opening its doors to integrated resort operators to bid for one of three licenses across the country, an industry expert has said that the land of...

11/26/2019

article MGM Resorts partners with Osaka on RFP process
(Japan) -- It could still be a few years before the government of Japan officially approves of the three communities that will receive an integrated resort (IR) license...

11/25/2019

article MGM Resorts confirms will join Osaka RFP process
(Japan) -- A consortium involving U.S.-based casino operator MGM Resorts International and Japanese financial services group Orix Corp has confirmed to GGRAsia it will...

11/21/2019

article Japan Won’t Consider Casino Bids Before 2021 Under Proposed Government Timeline
(Japan) -- The Japanese government will not begin considering proposals for integrated resorts from municipalities and prefectures until 2021, more than four years after...
article Osaka states RFP schedule, IR partner decision June 2020
(Japan) -- The Osaka authorities announced on Thursday plans to move ahead next month with a request-for-proposal (RFP) process in an effort to have a casino resort in...

11/20/2019

article Japanese government unveils updated integrated casino resort timetable
(Japan) -- The government for Japan has reportedly announced that will not be starting the official process that is to designate the host communities for the nation...

11/19/2019

article Japanese casino market grabbing headlines highlighted by Mayweather
(Japan) -- When a major Japanese municipality reveals that seven integrated resort (IR) operators are participating in their RFC process, that would seem to be the...
article Japan to mull location bids for IRs in 2021: govt proposal
(Japan) -- Japan’s national government would not start accepting for consideration local authorities’ plans for integrated resorts – as casino...

11/18/2019

article It’s on in Osaka: City Will Engage Integrated Resort Operators Next Month
(Japan) -- Hirofumi Yoshimura, the governor of Osaka Prefecture, recently stated that the region and city will formally engage prospective integrated resort (IR)...

11/17/2019

article Osaka’s IR operator recruitment process to begin in December
(Japan) -- The Governor of Osaka Prefecture, Hirofumi Yoshimura, has announced that Osaka prefecture and city will start its formal recruitment process for an IR...

11/16/2019

article Tokyo Governor Unlikely to Express Casino Resort Support Before July 2020 Elections
(Japan) -- Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike isn’t expected to make her position known regarding whether she supports an integrated casino resort before the July 2020...

11/14/2019

article Floyd Mayweather Could Have Manny Pacquiao Rematch To Help Build Casino Empire
(Japan) -- Floyd Mayweather wants to build a casino empire in Japan and it could be launched with a huge fight against Manny Pacquiao.
article Japan Casino Management Committee Members Nominated
(Japan) -- The five-member Japan Casino Management Committee (CMC) nominations have been unveiled, the federal agency that will be tasked with determining where the...

11/13/2019

article Japan govt announces nominees for casino commission
(Japan) -- Japan’s national government announced on Wednesday the names of the five people it wishes to see appointed to the soon-to-be established casino management...
article Japanese Government nominates members of Casino Management Committee
(Japan) -- According to Inside Asian Gaming, Japan’s Casino Management Committee will be chaired by former Defense Director Michio Kitamura. Joining him as...

11/11/2019

article How new technology is shaping up the casinos in Japan
(Japan) -- Technology is all about making life easy. From sport betting to playing your online casino from the comfort of your home—technology is giving people...
article LVS Exec Tanasijevich Draws Inspiration From Marina Bay Sands in Japan Integrated Resort Quest
(Japan) -- Las Vegas Sands (LVS) managing director of global development George Tanasijevich wants his company to build an integrated resort in Yokohama that becomes an...

11/9/2019

article Duo Declare Involvement In Integrated Casino Resort Plan In Japan
(Japan) -- In Japan a couple of private entities have recently indicated that they will participate in the initial application-for-concept (RFC) component of the project...

11/3/2019

article Japan Home to Most Legal Gaming Machines in the World, as Country Inches Closer to Commercial Casinos
(Japan) -- Japan is home to more legal gaming machines than any other country in the world, and its total number of betting positions will only increase with its three...

11/1/2019

article Genting shortlisted for Osaka integrated resort bidding
(Japan) -- Genting has been shortlisted as one of the three bidders for an integrated resort (IR) in Osaka, Japan, which will call for request-for-proposal, scheduled to...

10/29/2019

article DEBATE: Any economic benefits of casinos come at far too steep of a price
(Japan) -- Those who support bringing casinos to Japan boast of their economic benefits, but any perceived boon for the economy is far outweighed by their destructive...
article DEBATE: Casinos are misunderstood and a needed part of destination resorts
(Japan) -- As a longtime member of a nonpartisan group of lawmakers promoting integrated resorts, my basic stance is to promote the introduction of IRs as a whole,...
article DEBATE: Japan is going all-in on casinos. Will the gamble pay off?
(Japan) -- More and more municipalities in Japan are considering placing a bet on casinos following the enactment of a law last year that spelled out a raft of rules on...

10/28/2019

article Osaka Accelerates Land Transfer Time Frame, Hopes to Have Integrated Resort Opened by 2025
(Japan) -- Adding to its recent burst of activity related to its effort to become home to an integrated resort, Osaka is altering the timing of a land transfer, pushing...

10/26/2019

article Osaka Banks on Boats to Bring Gamblers, Assuming It’s Awarded An Integrated Resort
(Japan) -- The Japanese city, viewed as one of the top contenders in the contest to land a casino, wants the venue to be situated in Yumeshima in Osaka Bay. That...

10/25/2019

article US casino company may wager $12bn on Yokohama resort
(Japan) -- US operators hoping to capitalise on the partial legalisation of casino gambling in Japan have given further information on their ambitious plans to develop...

10/24/2019

article Las Vegas Sands President Goldstein Says $10 Billion Could be The Floor For Japanese Integrated Resort
(Japan) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) held its third-quarter earnings conference call after the close of US markets Wednesday, but the numbers grabbing some...
article US casino operators double down on Japan plans
(Japan) -- American casino operators are staking out promising sites in Japan, which will begin allowing gambling resorts during the next decade, in a bid to enter an...

10/23/2019

article Yokohama to hold series of integrated casino resort briefings
(Japan) -- In Japan and officials in the city of Yokohama are reportedly set to hold a series of 18 public briefings as part of a scheme to educate the local population...

10/22/2019

article Osaka Considering Leasing Land Pitched For Integrated Resort, Not Selling it to Operators
(Japan) -- Osaka, one of the Japanese cities leading the competition there to become home to an integrated resort, is considering leasing land to the gaming company...
article Osaka Considering Leasing Land Pitched For Integrated Resort, Not Selling it to Operators
(Japan) -- Osaka, one of the Japanese cities leading the competition there to become home to an integrated resort, is considering leasing land to the gaming company...

10/20/2019

article Casino Administration Committee to be established on 7 January 2020
(Japan) -- Japan’s casino regulatory body, the Casino Administration Committee, will be established on 7 January 2020, the government has announced. While the...

10/18/2019

article Wanted: Multibillion-Dollar Integrated Resort Casino Proposals in Yokohama Japan
(Japan) -- Japan’s second-most populated city announced this week that its request-for-concept (RFC) period is formally underway. Plans from casino operators must...

10/17/2019

article Kyushu Association of Mayors discuss support for IR promotion
(Japan) -- Sasebo mayor, Norio Tomonaga, gave a report on the expected economic effects on each area in Kyushu that an IR bid would bring during a meeting of the Kyushu...

10/10/2019

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

10/9/2019

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

10/7/2019

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

10/5/2019

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

10/1/2019

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

9/28/2019

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

9/27/2019

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

9/25/2019

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

9/24/2019

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

9/23/2019

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

9/22/2019

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

9/20/2019

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

9/19/2019

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

9/17/2019

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

9/13/2019

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

9/8/2019

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

9/6/2019

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

9/5/2019

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

9/4/2019

article Japan, Casinos And The Yakuza: Will Japanese Gambling Resorts Increase Crime?
(Japan) -- One of the biggest casino news stories of 2018 was Japan’s decision to pass a law allowing the construction of three controversial ‘gambling...

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