Kintetsu Eyes Express Train Service between Yumeshima and Nara

A fourth railway company has proposed linking its trains to the anticipated Yumeshima Station. Kintetsu Railway floated a scheme over the weekend to create an express train service between Yumeshima, the future home of Osaka’s IR, and Nara, one of the ancient capital cities of Japan and a major tourist destination.

Election Period Begins for Aichi Gubernatorial Race

Last Thursday the election period began in the Aichi gubernatorial election, which has implications for both IR proposals in the prefecture. However, there is little reason to believe that incumbent Governor Hideaki Omura will not win in a landslide.

Vietnam Opens First Casino Allowing Locals

Vietnam locals were able to gamble in a casino in their own country for the first time from Saturday, with the opening of the Corona Casino on Phu Quoc Island off the south coast.

Shizuoka’s Makinohara City May Be Preparing IR Bid

Operating below the media radar, there are indications that an IR bid may soon emerge from Makinohara city in Shizuoka Prefecture, a coastal community with a population of just over 44,000 people.

Foreign Tourists Spent More than US$41 Billion in 2018

Foreign tourists visiting Japan spent a record 4.5 trillion yen (about US$41.5 billion) during the course of 2018, according to a preliminary estimate by the Japan Tourism Agency.

Macau Government Still Analyzing Gaming License Refreshment

The Macau government is still currently analyzing a technical report which would help determine their approach to the refreshment of Macau’s gaming concessions.

Tsukiji Development Plan Sounds Like an Integrated Resort

Plans for the post-Olympics development of the former site of the Tsukiji Fish Market are sounding increasingly like an IR, though whether or not a casino would be part of the plan remains to be seen.

Japan Open Poker Tour Grand Final Takes Place in Tokyo

The Grand Final of the Japan Open Poker Tour’s 15th Season concluded on Monday at Bagus Place in Ginza, Tokyo.


Wakayama Seminar

AGB-Hogo IR Seminar in Wakayama

HOGO has announced a partnership with Asia Gaming Brief and the Wakayama Chamber of Commerce for the purpose of launching the Wakayama Integrated Resort Business-Connect Seminar on February 19, 2019.

ASEAN Gaming Summit 2019

The third edition of ASEAN Gaming Summit is set to impress once again, drawing over 300 operators, suppliers, and regulators from Asia’s online and land-based gaming industries.