Saturday, August 13, 2022


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Recall campaign against Yokohama mayor to launch in October


Anti-casino groups are preparing to launch their recall campaign against pro-IR Mayor Fumiko Hayashi in October, after having been delayed by the coro

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Yokohama City Council approves formation of IR operator selection committee


With the support of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito Party representatives, the Yokohama City Council approved last Friday the municipa

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Galaxy announces its withdrawal from Osaka bid


Galaxy Entertainment announced on Monday its withdrawal from consideration for an IR license in partnership with the government of Osaka for the Yumes

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Yokohama to establish advisory committee for IR operator selection


The municipal government of Yokohama announced on Thursday that it would be establishing a specialized committee to advise the city on the selection o

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Sega Sammy profits soar as IR plans come into focus


Sega Sammy Holdings reported a 135 percent leap in operating income if the final three quarters of the calendar year 2019, shortly after revealing new

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Opposition lawmakers tour Yokohama IR candidate site


A team of opposition lawmakers opposed to casino legalization toured Yamashita Pier, the proposed location for the Yokohama IR.

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EY Japan becomes Yokohama IR advisory firm


EY Japan has pulled down a major IR advisory contract with the Yokohama municipal government scheduled to run through March 2022.

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Wynn Resorts declares “Yokohama Focus”


Wynn Resorts has declared that its IR licensing efforts in Japan now have a “Yokohama Focus” and that it will soon be opening a new office in the major port city.

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Yumeshima IR candidacy is Osaka government’s to lose


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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Seven IR operators participate in Yokohama’s RFC process


The Yokohama municipal government has revealed that seven IR operators are participating in its RFC process, aiming to develop Yamashita Pier into a major urban IR.

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Naomi Osaka becomes Melco brand ambassador


Melco Resorts & Entertainment said Japanese tennis champion Naomi Osaka has become brand ambassador and sports group director for the company’s Yokohama IR bid.

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Yokohama launches RFC for Yamashita Pier


The Yokohama municipal government has launched its RFC process for private businesses interested in developing Yamashita Pier into a major urban IR.

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Wynn Resorts confirms withdrawal from Osaka IR race


Wynn Resorts has confirmed to Asia Gaming Brief that it has withdrawn from the IR race in Osaka and will focus its efforts on gaining an IR license in the Kanto region.

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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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Melco announces “Yokohama First” policy


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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Yokohama City Council committee approves IR budget


A committee of the Yokohama City Council wasted little time in approving an amended budget including expenses for IR development, angering the opposition which denounced the move as contrary to the democratic spirit.

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First Japan IR Expo in Yokohama set for January


The first Japan IR Expo in Yokohama has been scheduled for January 29 and 30, 2020, moving quickly after Mayor Fumiko Hayashi declared that her city w

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Hokkaido governor won’t be rushed on IR bid decision


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.

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Fujiki vows resistance to Yokohama IR bid


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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