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MGM aims for Osaka: Murren

James Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, told the Japanese media on Wednesday that his company would be able to make its full contribution to Japan only in a major urban market, and that Osaka is the location he is aiming for.

Speaking to the Sankei Shinbun, Murren stated that “for us, Osaka is the top.” To a local television station he was quoted as declaring, “I think Osaka is the perfect place for an IR.”

Murren noted some of Osaka’s strengths in terms of infrastructure: “Kansai International Airport and Kobe Airport are nearby, and the Shinkansen and local railway network is developing.”

He also repeated that MGM was envisioning an investment of about 1 trillion yen (about US$9 billion)

Murren was in Osaka to participate in the Tenjin Festival, to which MGM contributed a festival boat and entertainment by the Blue Man Group.

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