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Galaxy pitches for Osaka Yumeshima IR

2019-10-23

Galaxy Entertainment held a press event in Osaka on Wednesday to make their local pitch, providing competition for MGM Resorts. 

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MGM asset sales “dry powder” for Japan

2019-10-16

MGM Resorts’ accord to divest two major assets will raise $4.3 billion in net proceeds and potentially raise funds for a development in Japan.

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Mohegan opens office in Tomakomai, Hokkaido

2019-10-16

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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MGM sponsors Osaka festival for third consecutive year

2019-10-07

For the third year running, MGM Resorts has become a sponsor for the October 12th to 13th Dotombori River Festival, in particular focusing on the Yosakoi dancing events.

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Fitch: Ten-year license “biggest obstacle” to financing

2019-09-19

Fitch Ratings has conducted a tour of Japan and offered a “special report” revising some of its previous estimates about the prospects for the Japan IR market, but it also raised a warning flag over the implications of the IR license renewal system.

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Suncity launches Japanese website and IR concept movie

2019-08-28

Making up for lost time, the Suncity Group has launched its Japanese-language website, complete with a high production value, five-minute movie outlining its concept for an IR at Marina City, Wakayama.

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Suncity affirms interest in Wakayama IR bid

2019-08-27

Suncity Group Executive Director John Au Chung On made clear at a symposium on Monday that his company was planning to make an IR bid in Japan and that Wakayama was a location that they are focusing on.

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Galaxy's EuroJapan Cup draws more than 65,000 fans

2019-07-29

The Galaxy Entertainment EuroJapan Cup drew 65,000 soccer fans to watch the friendly match between the English Premier League 2019 Champions, Manchester City, and Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos, which the English team won 3-1.

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Japan regional areas gain increasing cut of foreign tourists

2019-06-26

The government’s latest White Paper on Tourism again demonstrates that foreign tourists visiting Japan are increasingly moving beyond the major urban areas of the Kanto, Kansai, and Nagoya regions.

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Caesars Entertainment may revert focus to US market

2019-06-26

Tom Reeg, chief executive officer of Eldorado, raised eyebrows among Asia observers by suggesting that the new Caesars Entertainment would be focused on the United States IR market, perhaps exclusively.

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Melco’s IR focus on "giving world a lot of Japan"

2019-06-20

Frederic Winckler, executive vice-president and chief marketing and brand officer of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, tells Asia Gaming Brief in an exclusive interview that his company’s IR bid in Japan is firmly focused on the future.

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Rumors of Tokyo IR licensing bid resurface

2019-06-06

Despite Governor Yuriko Koike’s indication in January that she isn’t considering an IR bid for the former Tsukiji Fish Market site, numerous observers believe that such a bid is indeed quietly under consideration, either at Tsukiji or on Odaiba.

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Genting’s Nanami Kasasaki promoted to chief corporate officer

2019-06-03

Genting Singapore has announced the promotion of Nanami Kasasaki to chief corporate officer, effective from May 31, a move which may represent the greater priority the firm is putting on gaining an IR license in Japan.

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Nagasaki pushes forward on IR bid policy

2019-05-30

Despite the delay in central government policy and criticism from some citizen’s groups, Nagasaki Prefecture is pushing ahead with its IR plans, launching the first meeting of an Experts Committee on Wednesday evening.

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Hokkaido shifts to the slow lane on IR policy

2019-05-27

The central government’s delay in firming up the regulatory framework for the IR industry appears to have convinced new Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki that he might as well shift to a slower lane as well, taking more time to decide his basic policy...

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Lawrence Ho steals the show at Japan Gaming Congress

2019-05-16

Melco Resorts & Entertainment Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho came ready for action on the first day of the Japan Gaming Congress, announcing that his firm would dramatically raise the global standard of IR industry, and presenting a stunning array of visual...

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Caesars banks on integrity

2019-05-15

In a crowded field of international IR operators hoping to obtain one of the three licenses available in Japan, Caesars Entertainment hopes that one of its key competitive advantages is its commitment to “the highest levels of integrity.”

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Barrière puts “main focus” on Wakayama IR bid

2019-05-14

Groupe Lucien Barrière staked its claim in Wakayama on Tuesday with three major moves: opening their only Japanese office in that city, bringing their official brand ambassador Jean Reno for a tour, and meeting with Governor Yoshinobu Nisaka.

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Barrière bringing Jean Reno to Wakayama

2019-05-09

Groupe Barrière is adding some star power to its bid to partner with Wakayama Prefecture on an IR bid by bringing actor Jean Reno to Marina City to serve as their official brand ambassador.

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