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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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Fujiki vows resistance to Yokohama IR bid

2019-08-26

Yokohama Harbor Transport Association Chairman Yukio Fujiki, the 89-year-old “don of Yokohama” who controls part of Yamashita Pier, the proposed site for the IR, has vowed, “I shall not be evicted,” signaling his all-out resistance to Mayor Fumiko...

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Yokohama Chamber of Commerce delighted by IR bid

2019-08-20

The Yokohama Chamber of Commerce & Industry appears to have been taken by surprise by the news reports on Monday that the city government had decided to move forward with an IR bid, but they expressed their delight.

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No decision on Hokkaido IR bid until next year

2019-08-04

Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki is now expected to delay until early 2020 his final decision on whether or not to go forward with an IR bid.

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Duterte appears to soften hardline stance on gambling

2019-05-13

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will no longer “meddle” with gambling in the country, apparently softening his hardline approach to the industry, according to local media reports.

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PAGCOR continues war of words with Quezon mayor

2019-03-13

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has again hit out at Quezon City’s acting mayor over her stance towards a planned integrate

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Casino issue impacts Kanagawa and Hokkaido campaigns

2019-03-12

Left-leaning opposition parties are stepping up their political push against the establishment of casino gambling within their local communities, prov

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Hosoda pushes IR bid on unwilling Okinawa

2018-11-15

Hiroyuki Hosoda, a senior ruling party politician, publicly pushed Okinawa to make an IR bid in spite of the fact that the newly-elected Governor Denny Tamaki has stated repeatedly that he opposes such a bid.

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IR advocates argue polls biased and misleading

2018-04-15

The latest newspaper public opinion poll holds more bad news for IR advocates, but some observers suggest that the polls don’t mean what they appear

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Politicians rattle anti-gambling cages as state elections loom

2018-02-27

Upcoming elections in South Australia and Tasmania are providing another opportunity for anti-gambling crusaders to target the industry, prompting concern a hostile operating environment will restrict growth.

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Anti-casino groups continue pushing for no vote

2017-10-19

Anti-gambling activists and representatives from various religious groups gathered yesterday to urge Kinmen residents to vote “no” to legalized ga

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Popular video games may soon face Xenophon’s wrath

2016-07-30

A number of popular video games may soon find themselves defined as gambling under a bill to be introduced by independent Senator Nick Xenophon next m

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Coalition has own plans for gambling controls

2016-07-16

Human Services Minister Alan Tudge has pushed back at calls from crossbenchers for new controls on pokies and gambling advertising, AFR reports. Last

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Crossbenchers to put anti-gambling controls back on agenda

2016-07-13

Senator Nick Xenophon and the Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie have vowed to use their key crossbench positions in the new parliament to put pok

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Xenophon makes his way into the 2016 election fray

2016-07-04

Five crossbenchers may determine the outcome of Australia’s 2016 federal election, which is looking to head towards a hung parliament. Should this o

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Thai football frenzy sparks betting spike among youth

2016-06-16

The UEFA Euro 2016 soccer championship is fueling a spike in gambling among Thai youth, despite police crackdowns, with an increasing portion of bets being placed online, according to new research. A joint survey conducted by Chulalongkorn University’s...

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