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Oshidori confident of presenting most “exciting” Nagasaki bid

2020-08-04

Oshidori said its confident its bid for a license in Nagasaki will be far “more exciting” than any other project and the termination of an accord with France’s Groupe Partouche won’t affect its chances.

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Nagasaki gains a step on Wakayama

2020-06-05

In recent weeks, Nagasaki may have gained a step on Wakayama, which is likely its main rival to secure an IR license.

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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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Melco swings to Q1 loss, remains committed to development plans

2020-05-14

Melco Resorts & Entertainment swung to a loss in Q1 due to the impact of the coronavirus, but said it remains committed to its development plans, including a bid for a license in Japan.

LVS to dominate in Asia for the next five years

2019-10-31

Las Vegas Sands and its Sands China unit are likely to dominate the market in Singapore and Macau for the next five years, according to a report from Bernstein.

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Osaka might rent, not sell, Yumeshima land

2019-10-20

Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui is leaning toward a policy that would see the 49 hectares of land utilized for IR development at Yumeshima rented to the operator.

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Pro-IR forces mobilize in Hokkaido

2019-10-13

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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Yokohama bid holds promise and perils

2019-10-11

Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi's announcement that her government would make an IR bid reshaped the licensing race in a way that few other events have done.

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Melco announces “Yokohama First” policy

2019-09-18

Melco Resorts & Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it would focus its IR campaign on Yokohama and that it was suspending its participation in bidding for the Osaka Yumeshima location.

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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 opts to enter the IR race

2019-08-19

The municipal government told reporters on Monday that Yokohama’s long period of indecision had ended and that Mayor Fumiko Hayashi would announce later in the week that her city would seek to host a major urban IR at the 47-hectare Yamashita Pier location.

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Las Vegas Sands sponsors rock music festival in Osaka

2019-08-14

Las Vegas Sands has announced that it has become a top-tier sponsor for the Summer Sonic 2019 rock music festival to be held at Osaka’s Maishima Sonic Park for three days from August 16.

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Osaka City launches Yumeshima Development Promotion Headquarters

2019-07-30

The Osaka city government held the first meeting of its “Yumeshima Development Promotion Headquarters” at the City Hall building under the direct

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MGM co-sponsors Osaka Tenjin Festival

2019-07-23

MGM Resorts Japan will be a co-sponsor for Osaka’s major Tenjin Festival for a second consecutive year, including the dedication of fireworks for the festival’s finale.

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Anti-casino groups turn up the heat on Yokohama mayor

2019-07-01

Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi is facing renewed indications that the plan to build a major IR at Yamashita Pier will face fierce political opposition both from a significant portion of the business community and a majority of the population.

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Analysts believe first Japanese IRs will open in 2026

2019-06-05

Despite Osaka’s strong desire to open its Yumeshima IR in 2024, before the World Expo, a new research brief from Global Market Advisors predicts that this timeline will now prove to be too ambitious, and in fact the first Japanese IRs will not able...

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Yokohama IR plans top out at $11.8b

2019-05-28

The Yokohama city government released on Monday a more detailed summary of the results of the RFI process carried out last summer, revealing that the investment amounts proposed by the operators for an IR at the Yamashita Pier location ranged from JPY620...

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Sands’ Goldstein: “Our commitment to Japan is immense”

2019-04-18

Las Vegas Sands President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Goldstein spoke enthusiastically about his companies prospects and plans in Japan on an investor call on Wednesday.

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IR Local Alliance eager to show the charms of the Kansai region

2019-04-08

The anticipated IR bid at Osaka Yumeshima is getting a push not only from the major business organizations in the region, but also by a group of small

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