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Naomi Osaka becomes Melco brand ambassador

2019-10-29

Melco Resorts & Entertainment said Japanese tennis champion Naomi Osaka has become brand ambassador and sports group director for the company’s Yokohama IR bid.

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Three airports part of MGM’s “Osaka Only” IR bid

2019-10-27

MGM Resorts and Orix Corporation clarified that all three regional airports—Kansai International Airport, Itami Airport, and Kobe Airport—will be associated with their consortium’s bid to build an IR at Osaka Yumeshima.

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Chiba RFI gets 19 responses

2019-08-28

A total of nineteen companies responded to Chiba city’s RFI on the possibility of launching an IR bid at the Makuhari location.

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Miyagi governor undecided on IR bid

2019-08-20

Miyagi Governor Yoshihiro Murai stated at his regular press conference on Monday that he has yet to draw any conclusions about whether or not to move forward with an IR bid from his prefecture.

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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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Yokohama Chamber of Commerce presses mayor to launch IR bid

2019-07-18

The Yokohama Chamber of Commerce & Industry has publicly urged Mayor Fumiko Hayashi to come off the fence and to quickly make a decision in favor of launching an IR bid.

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Hokkaido poll shows sharp rise in opposition to IR development

2019-06-26

If a new poll by the Hokkaido Shinbun is to be believed, public opinion in the northernmost prefecture has shifted strongly in opposition to an IR bid.

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Sands now betting against Yokohama and Tokyo

2019-06-19

Las Vegas Sands’ Managing Director for Global Development George Tanasijevich has offered the clearest statement yet that his firm is now following MGM Resorts in pursuing an “Osaka First” strategy.

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Eight IR operators aiming at major markets

2019-06-03

It has recently become possible to understand with increased clarity which IR operators will be bidding for Japan’s two major markets—the Kanto and the Kansai—and where each of them are now focusing.

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Sands unsure whether to focus on Kanto or Kansai

2019-03-18

Las Vegas Sands would apparently like to build the largest IR in Japan, but they are currently unsure whether that entails focusing on the more certai

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Clairvest investment funds decline slightly to $668 million

2019-03-04

According to its 2018Q4 financial report, the Clairvest Group of Canada, now seeking an IR license in a Japanese regional market, had C$890.7 million

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Sands mulls joint IR bid with Osaka firms: Tanasijevich

2019-02-20

Las Vegas Sands Managing Director for Global Development George Tanasijevich said the operator was in talks with several companies in the Osaka region about the possibility of making a “joint bid” for the Yumeshima IR.

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Tokyo appears likely to sit out first round of IR licensing

2019-01-23

The chances that Tokyo will be a bidder for the three IR licenses in the first round looks highly remote after the metropolitan government unveiled additional details about its Tsukiji development plan on Wednesday.

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Get Nice teams with Shotoku Rinaldo for IR bid

2019-01-17

Hong Kong-listed Get Nice Holdings, the former owner of Macau’s Waldo casino, has formed a joint venture with Shitoku Rinaldo Corp. to bid for a licence in Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan.

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Kamori Kanko reasserts Rusutsu Village’s IR proposal

2019-01-09

Hokkaido’s leading tourism and hospitality company, Kamori Kanko, has reasserted its claim that its ski resort at Rusutsu village should become the basis for the prefecture’s hoped-for IR bid, attempting to shoulder aside the Tomakomai candidacy favored...

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Sawada may be weak link in Nagasaki’s IR plans

2018-12-20

There are indications that one of the key players in Nagasaki’s anticipated bid to host an IR is becoming less enthusiastic about the prospects—Huis Ten Bosch President Hideo Sawada.

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Hard Rock sponsors snow sculpture for Hokkaido festival

2018-12-20

Hard Rock Japan has announced that it has sponsored a snow sculpture for the famous Sapporo Snow Festival to be held next February, demonstrating its clear focus on Hokkaido for an IR bid.

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Kuwana mayor cautiously examining possibility of IR bid

2018-12-12

Kuwana Mayor Narutaka Ito made clear at his regular press conference on Tuesday that his administration has not outright rejected Nagoya Mayor Takashi

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