Tuesday, August 09, 2022


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Rusutsu village freezes its IR bid


Rusutsu Mayor Tsunehachi Baya announced to the village council on Monday that he was freezing efforts to attract an IR, citing the 500 Dot Com bribery

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Prospects for a revival of Hokkaido IR bid grow dimmer


Prospects that Hokkaido Prefecture will rejoin the IR race in the near future appear to have suffered a major blow after it was reported that the pref

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Hokkaido’s IR withdrawal might be a deception


On November 29 of last year, Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki announced that his prefecture would not be participating in the IR race, citing the several years it would take to complete environmental preparations at the Tomakomai site. However, parts...

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Hard Rock won’t give up on Hokkaido IR bid


Despite Governor Naomichi Suzuki’s declaration at the end of November that Hokkaido will not be moving forward with an IR bid, Hard Rock Japan is signaling that they are not giving up their campaign to build an IR at Tomakomai city.

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Hokkaido White IR fades out


Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki's decision to drop out of the Japan IR race represents the collapse of the strongest IR initiative outside of the Kansai and Kanto regions.

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Japan IR Expo in Hokkaido cancelled


In what was nearly an inevitable move, the 1st Japan IR Expo in Hokkaido, scheduled to be held next week, has been cancelled by its organizers in the wake of Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki’s decision not to go forward with an IR bid at Tomakomai city.

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Hokkaido moving to end IR bid


Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki is expected to announce on Friday that his prefecture will not be going forward with an IR bid, abruptly ending what had seemed to many the strongest IR initiative within Japanese regional markets.

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Hokkaido conservatives fail to unite behind IR bid


The clouds darkened over the prospects for a Hokkaido IR bid this week as the main conservative caucus in the Hokkaido Prefectural Assembly proved unable to coordinate a united stance after two days of talks.

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Hokkaido governor nears decision on IR bid


Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki is nearing his decision on whether or not to pursue an IR bid at Tomakomai city, but even conservative political forces are having difficulty uniting behind a pro-IR policy.

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Mohegan opens office in Tomakomai, Hokkaido


Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has announced the opening of its office in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, where it is one of several international IR operators hoping to build a regional IR.

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Pro-IR forces mobilize in Hokkaido


Political and business groups in favor of an IR in Tomakomai city are mobilizing to ensure Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki will move forward with an IR bid.

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First Japan IR Expo in Hokkaido set for Dec.


The first Japan IR Expo in Hokkaido has been scheduled for December 11 and 12, 2019, highlighting continuing interest in Japan’s northernmost prefecture.

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No decision on Hokkaido IR bid until next year


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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New Chitose Airport slots boosted by 20 percent


Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii has announced that the number of takeoff and landing slots at Hokkaido’s New Chitose Airport will be increased by 20 percent, effective next spring.

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Outgoing Hokkaido governor promotes IR to successor


Outgoing Hokkaido governor promotes IR to successor

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Nikkei holds IR seminar in Sapporo


The Nihon Keizai Shinbun held its second IR seminar on March 5, this time in Sapporo, Hokkaido, before an audience of 367 people. Five internationa

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Casino battle lines emerge in Hokkaido gubernatorial race


As anticipated, the issue of an IR bid is becoming one of the top points of contention in the Hokkaido gubernatorial race. To stress the vital  impor

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Hokkaido wraps up IR Experts’ Committee


The Hokkaido IR Experts’ Committee held its fourth and final meeting on Monday, producing no surprises but once again declaring that Tomakomai city

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Hokkaido IR showcase brings together operators, local community


The inaugural Hokkaido IR Showcase came to a close last Thursday, with seven IR operators and numerous other Japanese companies and associations exhibiting at the first public IR event to be held in the prefecture.

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