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The seven trials for Japanese IR legislation

2020-02-21

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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Japanese public support for IR construction falls below 23 percent

2020-02-16

Never a popular policy in the first place, the recent casino bribery scandal has lowered Japanese public support for the construction of domestic IRs

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Most Japanese want reconsideration of casino legalization

2020-01-13

Public opinion polls taken in the wake of the 500 Dot Com bribery scandal agree that a large majority of the Japanese people want the government to reconsider its policy of casino legalization.

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Yumeshima IR candidacy is Osaka government’s to lose

2019-11-22

It was considered a foregone conclusion in gaming circles that Osaka will be a venue for one of the first three integrated resorts in Japan, though the entry of Yokohama into the race and shifting political sands highlight the fact that nothing should...

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Almost two thirds of Japanese oppose IRs

2019-10-18

Japan’s public continues to be firmly opposed to IRs, with a new survey finding 60 percent are hostile on concern that public security will deteriorate. 

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Growing number of Americans approve of casinos

2019-10-15

The number of American adults with a favorable view of the gaming industry has gained 4 percentage points from last year to a record.

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Yokohama IR plans face recall and referendum movements

2019-10-08

Political parties and citizens opposed to an IR bid at Yamashita Pier are launching movements both to recall Fumiko Hayashi as mayor of Yokohama as well as to subject any casino construction plans to a popular referendum.

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Hokkaido governor will make IR bid decision year-end

2019-10-03

Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki, who has been taking a go-slow approach on his decision whether or not to pursue an IR bid for the Tomakomai location, has now clearly indicated for the first time that he will hand down his verdict by the end of this...

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Fukuoka mayor shoots down IR proposal

2019-10-02

Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima has quickly responded to the Junior Chamber International Fukuoka’s proposal for an IR bid from his city. The answer was clear—“not at this time.”

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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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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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Makinohara mayor claims local support for IR bid

2019-06-18

Makinohara Mayor Kikuo Sugimoto has told his city council that local residents near the Oyori area have offered no objections to the plans to make an IR bid after the concept was explained to them.

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Local election victories accelerate IR development

2019-04-26

If at the beginning of this year one were to sketch out the dream scenario for IR development in Japan, the actual results of April’s Unified Local Elections would greatly resemble that picture, with pro-IR politicians and parties winning almost every...

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Fujiki to establish Yokohama anti-casino organization

2019-04-24

Yokohama Harbor Transport Association Chairman Yukio Fujiki is stepping up his efforts to head off an IR bid in his city by establishing a new anti-casino called the “Yokohama Harbor Resort Association.”

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Anti-casino group forms in Nagasaki

2019-03-26

A citizens’ group opposing the bid for an IR at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo city, Nagasaki, held its inaugural meeting on Sunday with th

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Unified Local Elections in April key hurdle for IR bids

2019-01-03

Every local government IR bid in the nation remains dependent upon conservative, or the right wing forces remaining in power in all major executive an

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Strong anti-casino sentiment in Yokohama

2018-09-06

The Yokohama municipal government revealed the results of its public comment period regarding its urban development plans, and in the process admitted

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IR advocates argue polls biased and misleading

2018-04-15

The latest newspaper public opinion poll holds more bad news for IR advocates, but some observers suggest that the polls don’t mean what they appear

LVS survey shows Japan public can be won over

2018-02-19

George Tanasijevich, managing director of global development at Las Vegas Sands, recently presented a survey in central Tokyo, which for the first tim

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