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Yokohama Chamber of Commerce Presses Mayor to Launch IR Bid

The Yokohama Chamber of Commerce & Industry has publicly urged Mayor Fumiko Hayashi to come off the fence and to quickly make a decision in favor of launching an IR bid.

Macau Casinos Begin Testing Facial Recognition Systems

Several casinos are reportedly testing facial recognition systems inside their premises, according to Macau’s gaming regulator.

Cambodia Casino Growth Could Threaten Genting Malaysia

Cambodia’s growing casino and tourism industry could pose a challenge to Genting’s Malaysia operations, according to a note from JP Morgan analysts.

Foxwoods Selects New Leader

More than a year after the sudden death of Felix Rappaport, Foxwoods Resort Casino has a new president and chief executive officer—John J. James.

New Chitose Airport Takeoff and Landing Slots Boosted by 20%

Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii has announced that the number of takeoff and landing slots at Hokkaido’s New Chitose Airport will be increased by 20%, effective next spring.

Aruze Promotes Martha Schuessler to Vice-President of Global Finance

Aruze Gaming America has announced the promotion of Martha Schuessler to the post of vice-president of global finance, surpassing her previous role in which she was focused on the Western hemisphere.

Galaxy Entertainment Sponsors Junior Soccer Cup

Expanding its outreach to Japanese society through sports, Galaxy Entertainment announced that they will host the “Galaxy Entertainment Junior Soccer Cup.”

Cruise Ships Not Necessarily Bonanza for Local Communities

Many of the IR plans include the notion of boosting cruise ship traffic to Japan as an important pillar of the business plan, but the recent experience of Nagasaki city may provide a warning that having more cruise ships in the port is not itself sufficient to benefit the local community.

Pachinko Industry Revenues Declined 4.7% in 2018

Daikoku Denki, the manufacturer of a pachinko store management system, has estimated that the pachinko industry’s gross revenue was 20.7 trillion yen (US$190 billion) in 2018, declining 4.7% from the previous year.

Panasonic Launches IR Business Headquarters

Electronics and technology giant Panasonic is jumping with both feet into the anticipated IR industry by consolidating on July 1 about thirty of its employees into an “IR Business Promotion Headquarters.”

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China Uses Social Credit to Block Travel

China is reportedly preventing millions of its citizens from traveling if they have a low score under its newly introduced social credit system, according to news reports.

eSports Market Grows Exponentially

The eSports market in 2018 grew thirteen times larger in Japan compared to the previous year, reaching the 4.8 billion yen (about US$43 million) level, according to an estimate by gaming industry publisher Gzbrain.

Tokyo Plans Major eSports Event in FY2019

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has announced that 50 million yen (about US$460,000) in public funds is being budgeted in FY2019 for a major two-day eSports event in Tokyo. Both the venue and the date of the event remains to be decided.

Bust of Illegal Online Casino Disguised as Internet Cafe

On the 13th, Tokyo police raided an illegal online casino shop named “Hose” in the Minami-Koiwa district, arresting the manager, Daisuke Kashiwagi, 39, and seven other people.

Nagoya Mayor Still Searching for IR Location

Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura told a press conference on Monday that he was still searching for a candidate location for an IR. His criteria was that it should be within thirty minutes travel time of Nagoya Station and must possess a minimum of five hectares of land.