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2021-02-03
Hope springs eternal in the minds of Tomakomai IR advocates. The answer delivered from the lips of Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki keeps coming back “no,” but what seems to be delivered to their ears is “maybe soon.”

2021-02-03
A report in the Japanese media suggests that pro-IR forces in Yokohama, led by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (who represents a district within the city), are mulling a plan to ask Fumiko Hayashi not to run for reelection as mayor and instead put pro-IR...

2021-02-02
Haruki Satomi is the new group CEO of Sega Sammy Holdings, taking over from his father, Sammy Corporation founder Hajime Satomi. The former CEO will continue at Sega Sammy as chairman and representative director.

2021-02-02
It has been announced that the Google Play app store will begin, effective March 1, allowing real money gambling apps to become available in fifteen additional countries, including Australia, New Zealand, and Japan in the Asia-Pacific region.

2021-02-01
The administration of Mayor Fumiko Hayashi has decided to allocate JPY360 million (US$3.5 million) to IR development in the coming fiscal year, down JPY40 million from the current year.

2021-02-01
Wynn Resorts has confirmed to the Asahi Shinbun that it has dropped out of the Yokohama IR race, leaving five firms believed to be in the running; Galaxy, Genting, Melco, Sega Sammy, and Shotoku.

2021-02-01
The Nagasaki Prefectural Government has announced that five consortiums have submitted documents in hopes of partnering with the prefecture in its IR licensing bid. The companies involved were not named, though the prefecture indicated that among them...

2021-01-29
On deadline day for documents in Nagasaki’s RFP process, Mohegan Resorts and Entertainment has emerged as a partner for Hong Kong-listed Oshidori Holdings in what is shaping up to be Japan’s most hotly contested IR race.

2021-01-28
Hong Kong-listed Oshidori International and Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment have teamed up to make a joint bid for a license to develop an IR in Nagasaki, Japan.

2021-01-28
The Sasebo City Council has decided to ask its eventual IR operator consortium to take on the burden of JPY14.9 billion (US$143 million) to pay for improvements in the local transportation infrastructure.

2021-01-28
Whatever its weaknesses, there is a clear pattern emerging in the new year that Japan’s IR development process is now rolling forward again. Four local governments are definitely in the race, and several others could make late entries—though that...

2021-01-27
Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui fielded questions from the Osaka City Council on Monday regarding the extension of the Osaka Metro Chuo Line to Yumeshima, including the cost sharing arrangements with the anticipated future IR operator.

2021-01-27
The Suncity Group is establishing links with the yachting community of Wakayama as part of its bid to be selected as a partner by the prefecture and to help win an IR license for the Marina City candidate site.

2021-01-22
Yokohama city has launched its RFP process to build a major urban IR at the Yamashita Pier candidate site. The timeline calls for the operator partner to be selected in the summer and the agreement finalized in the autumn.

2021-01-21
Hope springs eternal in the minds of Tomakomai IR advocates. The answer delivered from the lips of Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki keeps coming back “no,” but what seems to be delivered to their ears is “maybe soon.”

2021-01-21
The administration of Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi is expected to announce shortly the start of its RFP process to build a major urban IR at Yamashita Pier, potentially becoming the largest IR development in Japan.

2021-01-21
Oshidori International, a bidder for an IR operating license in Nagasaki, Japan, has issued a positive profit alert to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, projecting an unaudited consolidated profit of more than HK$2.3 billion (US$304 million) for the year...

2021-01-20
Local police swept up thirty employees and customers in a raid on an illegal baccarat room in Osaka, Japan.

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