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The seven trials for Japanese IR legislation

2020-02-21

Japan has seen numerous twists and turns in its bid to establish an integrated resort industry, though perhaps one of the most unwelcome was the arrest of a deputy minister at the centre of a money-for-favours scandal surrounding IR development plans...

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No clarity on Tokyo’s IR policy expected before gubernatorial election

2019-11-14

With Tokyo gubernatorial elections now scheduled for July 5 of next year, political observers are predicting that Governor Yuriko Koike will not clarify her stance on an IR bid for at least the next nine months or so.

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Ho Iat Seng officially declares candidacy as Macau Chief

2019-06-18

Ho Iat Seng, the main contender in the elections to pick Macau’s chief executive, formally declared his candidacy on Tuesday, holding a press conference in which he commented on the importance of the healthy development of the gaming industry.

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National government to delay IR regulations until next year

2019-05-22

The Abe government is pulling back from the planned July 1 establishment of the Casino Management Board and the issuance of more specific IR bidding regulations out of concern that Japanese public opinion remains hostile to the legalization of casino...

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Few local governments ready for IR bids

2018-12-20

As 2018 comes to a close, remarkably few local municipalities are looking like seriously prepared candidates for IR bids, with really only two—Osaka and Wakayama—appearing to have fully lined up their local political and business establishments behind...

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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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Xenophon moderates pokies policy

2018-02-18

Nick Xenophon, an Australian politician and anti-gambling crusader, has modified his previously hardline approach to the pokies industry, backing away

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NZ politicians to shake up racing, seek international interest

2017-11-15

New Zealand’s racing industry is facing a major overhaul designed to bring in more international interest and boost revenue, though some critics say it increases political involvement in a traditionally neutral industry. The recent national elections...

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Casino reform push gathers steam

2017-08-02

The push to legalize casinos in Thailand appears to be gathering momentum, though experts say any reforms are unlikely to have much of an impact on the thriving illegal market, which is estimated at more than $5 billion a year. Academics in the country,...

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Murky Prospects for Yokohama IR

2017-07-26

Most gaming industry analysis currently predicts that the city of Yokohama may very well become the host for Japan’s largest IR in the mid-2020s. Situated in Kanagawa Prefecture as part of Japan’s capital region—with its vast population of tens...

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Goa governor says casinos should stay

2017-03-16

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha has said that casinos should be allowed to remain in Goa, despite comments from the ruling BJP Party that it wishes to ban

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Goa’s casinos get reprieve as AAP sinks in elections

2017-03-11

Casinos in the state of Goa may gain a reprieve after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had vowed to close the properties, unexpectedly failed to garne

Goa set for sixth floating casino

2017-03-08

Golden Globe Hotels Private Ltd. looks set to get the go-ahead for the sixth floating casino on Goa’s River Mandovi after the High Court told the go

India’s Election Committee calls for casino scrutiny

2016-12-15

  The Election Commission of India (ECI) has asked the Goa government to keep a strict watch on casinos to ensure they are not used to distribute mon

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Taiwan elections are a negative for gambling prospects, Union Gaming

2016-01-17

Taiwan has elected a new president, Tsai Ing-Wen of the the nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which will also be in control of the legis

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New Year, new start for Taiwan’s casino industry?

2016-01-07

Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan failed to pass the Tourism Casino Administration Act in its most recent session, but the bill is not dead yet.Despite considerable uncertainty stemming from upcoming presidential and legislative elections, there may be reason...

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Gambling law changes in New Zealand should opposition win election

2014-09-10

New Zealand’s gambling industry has a lot riding on the outcome of upcoming general elections on Sept. 20th, with opposition parties threatening major changes to the law, including tougher restrictions on pokie machines if elected.

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New Zealand election outcome uncertain for gaming operations

2014-09-03

New Zealand’s gaming laws may be amended if there is a change of government in New Zealand’s general election on Saturday 20 September.The main op

Chui re-elected as Macau leader

2014-08-31

Fernando Chui has been re-elected as chief executive of Macau for a second term by a select panel of 400 largely pro-China loyalists, media reports.Th

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