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Osaka Political Leaders Attack IR Policy Delay

Osaka's main political leaders publicly attacked the national government's decision to delay the issuance of regulations for the IR bidding process, describing it as both bad policy and weak politics.

Stability the Watchword for Macau Re-tendering Process

As Macau moves toward its 2022 re-tendering process for its six IR concessionaires, "stability" will likely the watchword for the government policy, according to the analysis of Glenn McCartney, associate professor of international IR management at the University of Macau.

Gaming Industry Legends Inducted to Hall of Fame

Two industry legends were inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame at the Asia Gaming Tree reunion dinner on Wednesday.

National Government to Delay IR Regulations Until Next Year

The Abe government is pulling back from the planned July 1 establishment of the Casino Management Board and the issuance of more specific IR bidding regulations out of concern that Japanese public opinion remains hostile to the legalization of casino gambling.

MGM Walks Away from Wynn Boston Casino Sale Negotiations

MGM Resorts has abandoned talks with Wynn Resorts over the sale of its US$2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor casino, according to an announcement on Tuesday night.

Niraku Holds Gambling Addiction Seminar

On May 15, pachinko operator Niraku, which runs 53 halls mainly within Fukushima Prefecture, held a free educational seminar on combating gambling addiction. The seminar was held concurrently with Japan's Gambling Addiction Awareness Week (May 14-May 20), with 49 people in attendance.

Daisy Ho: Greater Bay Area Initiative Opportunity for Macau

SJM Holdings Chair and Executive Director Daisy Ho gave the opening address at the G2E Asia gaming show on Tuesday, predicting a bright future for Macau as an integral part of China’s Greater Bay Area plan.

G2E Asia Panel Expects Little Regional Economic Impact from Japan IRs

Other Asian nations such as Macau, Singapore, and even South Korea have little to fear from the opening of the three Japanese IRs in the middle of next decade, according to a panel of experts speaking on the first day of the G2E Asia conference in Macau.

Asia Faces Casino Oversupply with Massive Investments in the Pipeline

Economic growth in Asia will not be enough to fuel the estimated US$65 billion in new casino development across the region, warns Union Gaming analysts.

Miyagi Prefecture Launches Public Tender for IR Advisory Firm

The Miyagi Prefectural Government has made a concrete step to enter the IR race by launching a public tender for an advisory firm to assist it in evaluating the possibility of an IR licensing bid.

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Privacy Important Issue When Policing Casino Worker Entry Ban

Privacy will be a significant hurdle to overcome for operators in enforcing the new casino worker entry ban, says MGM CEO Grant Bowie, TDM News reports.

Global Casinos Not Attracting Japan Tourists

Asia’s glitzy IRs and casinos around the world are not attracting large numbers of Japanese tourists, despite their propensity to gamble in pachinko parlors at home, operators on a panel at the World Gaming Executive Summit in Barcelona said.

The Road Ahead for Japanese IRs

With the passage of the IR Implementation Act on Friday evening, attention will soon begin to turn to the steps ahead.

Cafe de Paris Opens in Galaxy Macau

Galaxy Entertainment is building on its relationship with Monaco casino company Societe des Bains de Mer to bring a French bistro brand to its Galaxy Macau resort, building on Macau’s culinary repertoire.

Tourism Dramatically Expanding to Nagasaki’s Goto Islands

The Goto Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture are witnessing a dramatic growth in tourist numbers this year as travel agencies put a new focus on tourism to remote Japanese islands.