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Recall campaign against Yokohama mayor to launch in October

2020-06-10

Anti-casino groups are preparing to launch their recall campaign against pro-IR Mayor Fumiko Hayashi in October, after having been delayed by the coro

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Shinzo Abe: IRs to assist post-Covid tourism recovery

2020-06-09

In the House of Representatives Budget Committee, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe effectively reasserted his government’s intention to move forward with I

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Investor interests left behind in Japan IR race: Mihara

2020-06-09

The interests of investors in Japanese IRs have largely been left behind, spelling potential problems for the future of IR development in the country,

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Matsui admits Osaka IR may not open until 2028

2020-06-05

Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui announced at a Thursday press conference that an extra six months would be necessary for IR operators to submit all of their

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Nagasaki gains a step on Wakayama

2020-06-05

In recent weeks, Nagasaki may have gained a step on Wakayama, which is likely its main rival to secure an IR license.

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Nagasaki engages with IR operators on RFP process

2020-06-02

The IR Promotion Division of the Nagasaki Prefectural Government has launched a series of explanatory meetings for IR operators considering applicatio

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Wakayama delays operator selection until January 2021

2020-06-01

The Wakayama Prefectural Government announced on Monday that it is delaying its schedule for selection of an operator partner from the autumn of 2020

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Betfair pulls Japan racing after JRA pressure

2020-05-29

Betfair Australia said it was pulling the ability to allow bets on Japanese horse racing after pressure from the country’s racing body.

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Tokyo gubernatorial candidate targets IR development

2020-05-29

Kenji Utsunomiya, a former chairman of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, has decided to make anti-casino policies one his key election pledges

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Nagasaki reconsolidates IR bid support from Kyushu governors

2020-05-27

Nagasaki’s bid to win one of the three available IR licenses was boosted last week by a demonstration that they had reconsolidated support from all

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Japan lifts state of emergency in remaining prefectures

2020-05-26

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has put an end to the country’s state of emergency, lifting the order for Tokyo and its surrounding areas and Hok

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Tokyo prosecutor quits in mahjong scandal

2020-05-22

Hiromu Kurokawa, the head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office has resigned after admitting he had ignored social distancing rules to play mahjong for cash with reporters, Kyodo News reports.

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Looking Ahead to Local Elections

2020-05-22

The enduring unpopularity of IR developments among the Japanese public, as well as the much weaker position of the Shinzo Abe government in comparison to earlier phases, means that local elections may still prove decisive as to whether or not bids will...

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State of emergency to be lifted on Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo

2020-05-21

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to make a decision on whether to lift a state of emergency on Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo today, as coronavirus

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Sands’ withdrawal a vote of “no confidence” in Japanese policymakers

2020-05-15

In an earnings conference call in April 2019, Las Vegas Sands President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Goldstein declared, “Our commitment to Japan is immense. It will be lots and lots of rooms—many, many rooms. There will be lots of retail. There...

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Suncity and Clairvest qualify for Wakayama RFP

2020-05-15

The Wakayama Prefectural Government announced on Thursday that both the Suncity Group and the Clairvest Group have qualified to participate in its RFP

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Japan lifts state of emergency for most of the country

2020-05-15

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Thursday evening that the Covid-19 state of emergency has been lifted for 39 of Japan’s 47 prefectures. Ho

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Sega Sammy profits soar in FY2019

2020-05-13

Sega Sammy Holdings’ financial report issued on Wednesday showed the firm recording rising sales and soaring profits. Net sales for the year endi

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Las Vegas Sands pulls out of Japan IR race

2020-05-13

Las Vegas Sands unexpectedly announced today that it would be giving up its bid to build a major urban IR, thus removing a contender that many analyst

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