Looking Ahead to Local Elections

The enduring unpopularity of IR developments among the Japanese public, as well as the much weaker position of the...

Sands’ Withdrawal a Massive Vote of “No Confidence” in Japanese Policymakers

In an earnings conference call in April 2019, just over a year ago, Las Vegas Sands President and Chief...

Wakayama Illustrates Need for IR Bid Delay

The word came down this week, and the news was neither expected nor was it positive—only one prospective IR...

Covid-19 Accelerates Decline of the Pachinko Industry

Oftentimes what periods of great crisis do is less to create entirely new trends, but rather to accelerate history, to speed along existing trends much faster than the leisurely evolution that might otherwise have occurred.

Denial as Japan’s IR Development Strategy

Whatever hand wringing may be taking place in private, the Shinzo Abe government’s IR strategy remains one of publicly pretending that all is well, that the ship is still on course, and its full speed ahead.

Covid-19 Lockdowns a Watershed Moment for Internet Gambling

A gradual shift from brick & mortar facilities to desktop and mobile devices has already been underway in recent decades, but one likely consequence of the Covid-19 lockdowns—in Japan and across the world—is that the older generations, who have been reluctant to embrace digitization, are now being forced to do so, and this is true of the Asian gambling industry as well.

IR Policy Delay Now Close to Inevitable

Putting aside the question of whether or not Japan’s IR development will eventually proceed along the current policy lines or not, developments in the past weeks have made it increasing difficult to believe that the timeline will be maintained as currently planned.

Coronavirus, Tokyo Olympics Threat May Unravel IR Plans

This culminating situation in Japan is shaping up to be a perfect storm to foil Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s going-away party.

ASEAN Gaming Summit

 The ASEAN Gaming Summit returns on 22-23 September 2020 at the Shangri-La BGC in Manila, the Philippines for its high-anticipated fourth edition. Following popular demand, the three-day...