Tuesday, August 09, 2022


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U.S.-China tensions a heightening threat to foreign firms in Macau


The steep deterioration in US-China tensions, coupled with the coronavirus outbreak poses serious threats to foreign firms involved in the Macau gamin

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Tokyo prosecutor quits in mahjong scandal


Hiromu Kurokawa, the head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office has resigned after admitting he had ignored social distancing rules to play mahjong for cash with reporters, Kyodo News reports.

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Looking Ahead to Local Elections


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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The seven trials for Japanese IR legislation


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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Anti-gambling senator and Greens leader resigns


Australian senator Richard Di Natale, a notable anti-gambling politician, has resigned as leader of the Greens Party, the third-largest political part

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Yokohama bid holds promise and perils


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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Mandovi deadline looms as politicians wrangle


The fate of Goa’s floating casinos is still unclear as a deadline for their removal from the Mandovi River looms, with industry experts urging the government to proceed with caution when it comes to moving them to land.

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Hokkaido leaders grapple over IR policy


The summer has brought with it some political heat in Japan’s northernmost prefecture as local government leaders struggle to determine whether or n

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Ganapati to launch Manny Pacquiao-themed slot in September


Ganapati plans to release a Manny Pacquiao-themed slot game in September this year, with proceeds to be channelled to the legendary boxer’s foundation, which supports children’s education in the Philippines. 

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Kitakyushu breaks ranks with Sasebo on IR bid


Sasebo city's plans to create an "All-Kyushu" campaign to give heft to its small-market IR bid fell by the wayside last week when Kitakyushu, the seco

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Sasebo mayor launches fourth term with pledge of proactive IR support


Sasebo Mayor Norio Tomonaga used the occasion of the launch of his fourth term on Tuesday to pledge his proactive efforts to gain an IR license at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park.

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Political stars align for Hokkaido IR development


As the dust settles from the two rounds of the Unified Local Elections, the results that have emerged represent the best-case scenario for IR developm

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Of silver linings and inconvenient truths: Singapore casino expansion


Singapore’s two integrated resorts will cast a longer reflection on the island state but new shadows cloud the horizon across the southern shoreline.

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AIGF urges inclusion of online gaming regulation in manifestos


The All India Gaming Federation has written to the two major political parties in India for the inclusion of online gaming regulation as one of the po

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Casino issue impacts Kanagawa and Hokkaido campaigns


Left-leaning opposition parties are stepping up their political push against the establishment of casino gambling within their local communities, prov

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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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Hosoda pushes IR bid on unwilling Okinawa


Hiroyuki Hosoda, a senior ruling party politician, publicly pushed Okinawa to make an IR bid in spite of the fact that the newly-elected Governor Denny Tamaki has stated repeatedly that he opposes such a bid.

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Election period begins for Wakayama gubernatorial race


The official election period began for the Wakayama gubernatorial race on Thursday, pitting the pro-IR incumbent Yoshinobu Nisaka against the anti-casino challenger Masayoshi Hatanaka. This is precisely the same match-up as was the case four years ago....

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