Sands Unsure Whether to Focus on Kanto or Kansai

Las Vegas Sands would apparently like to build the largest IR in Japan, but they are currently unsure whether that entails focusing on the more certain prospect of Osaka, or else waiting for the possible emergence of Tokyo or Yokohama.

Polls Put Suzuki in the Lead in Hokkaido Gubernatorial Race

Media polls agree that Naomichi Suzuki, the conservative candidate backed by the ruling party, has the edge with about three weeks to go until the April 7 Hokkaido gubernatorial election.

HOGO Teams Up with Sasebo Business Community for IR Marketing

HOGO, the Macau-based marketing and communications company, has become the “official marketing partner” of the Sasebo Chamber of Commerce and Industry in its bid to gain an IR license.

LDP Victory Could Put Brakes on Yumeshima IR Development

Signs were emerging over the weekend that an LDP victory in the Osaka Cross Elections could lead to putting the brakes on the plan to build an IR at Yumeshima.

Angel Holdings Buyout of GPI Gets Green Light from Shareholders

Stockholders of US-listed Gaming Partners International (GPI) have officially approved the company’s tie up with Japanese playing cards manufacturer Angel Holdings.

Osaka Castle Appears at the Bellagio

This year’s Japanese Spring show at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden features as its centerpiece a ten meter tall replica of Osaka Castle, a meaningful addition to the annual event.

SJM and MGM Licenses Extended to 2022

The Macau government on Friday announced it has extended the licenses of SJM and MGM to June 26, 2022, following requests from both operators.

Komeito Switches Sides in Osaka

The Osaka Restoration Association’s task of returning to power in the April 7 elections has become much more difficult now that it has become clear that the influential Komeito party has effectively betrayed its local political alliance and has defected to the opposition side of the Liberal Democratic Party.