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2021-03-10
Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki met directly with Tomakomai Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura to reiterate that the prefecture will not be applying for an IR license in the national first round of applications ending in April 2022.

2021-02-03
Hope springs eternal in the minds of Tomakomai IR advocates. The answer delivered from the lips of Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki keeps coming back “no,” but what seems to be delivered to their ears is “maybe soon.”

2021-01-18
Tomakomai city’s hopes of reentering the Japan IR race have been dashed again as Governor Naomichi Suzuki made clear at a press conference that his earlier rejection of participating in the first round of licensing still stands.

2020-06-15
The Tomakomai city government is still lobbying Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki to overturn his earlier verdict and to support the city’s IR devel

2019-12-15
Despite Governor Naomichi Suzuki’s declaration at the end of November that Hokkaido will not be moving forward with an IR bid, Hard Rock Japan is signaling that they are not giving up their campaign to build an IR at Tomakomai city.

2019-12-01
Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki announced on Friday that his prefecture was dropping out of the race for one of the three available IR licenses, and therefore there would be no Tomakomai IR for the foreseeable future.

2019-11-25
Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki is nearing his decision on whether or not to pursue an IR bid at Tomakomai city, but even conservative political forces are having difficulty uniting behind a pro-IR policy.

2019-10-23
Casino opponents continue to raise their voices, with rallies this week in Osaka and Tomakomai, both municipalities candidates for an IR development. 

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.

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...

2019-09-03
Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki said Yokohama’s entry into the IR race won't influence his decision on Tomakomai’s potential bid, and he won’t be rushed.

2019-04-25
In the wake of the elections last Sunday, the political forces within the Tomakomai City Council that support Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura and the city’s IR bid have strengthened their hand.

2019-04-24
Hard Rock Japan’s Tomakomai office has now opened—shortly after the election of Governor Naomichi Suzuki and a conservative prefectural assembly has kept the city’s IR hopes very much alive.

2019-04-18
Outgoing Hokkaido governor promotes IR to successor

2019-04-07
Conservative Naomichi Suzuki defeated opposition-backed Tomohiro Ishikawa in the Hokkaido gubernatorial race, keeping open the prospect that Tomakomai

2019-02-26
Mohegan CEO Mario Kontomerkos says it’s his tribal operator’s focus on “generational sustainability” and its “serious and deep connections w

2019-01-22
The Hokkaido IR Experts’ Committee held its fourth and final meeting on Monday, producing no surprises but once again declaring that Tomakomai city

2018-12-04
Rush Street Gaming has an unbroken record of success, and that is why they are confident in winning an IR license in Japan at this time. So says Neil Bluhm, the company’s chairman and noted Chicago billionaire in an exclusive interview with Asia Gaming...

2018-11-08
In early October, Rush Street Gaming’s Japan branch was quietly established, with the Chicago-based firm currently looking at Tomakomai, Hokkaido, as the main direction for its IR license campaign.

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