Junior Chamber International Urges Fukuoka City to Join IR Race

Junior Chamber International Fukuoka is making a strong push for Fukuoka city, the most populous municipality on the island of Kyushu, to join the IR race, and they will soon be formally petitioning the local government and business leaders to join this campaign.

Caesars Scouts Japanese Entertainment Market

Jason Gastwirth, Caesars’ president of entertainment, confirmed in an exclusive interview with AGB Nippon that he has entered into “initial discussions” with Japanese talent agencies and related groups to explore possible cooperation regarding programming at a potential theater for a Caesars IR in Japan.

Osaka Public Opinion Warming to Yumeshima IR Development

A new public opinion poll by the Nihon Keizai Shinbun found that a plurality of Osakans now support the concept of building an IR at Yumeshima, which is an unprecedented result for a newspaper poll examining a major urban market in Japan.

IR Operator Selection and the US-Japan Alliance

The selection of Ado Machida to front Hard Rock’s effort to win an IR license in Japan highlights a trend that was already clearly visible—some US operators are attempting to leverage in a not-too-subtle fashion the military and security links between Washington and Tokyo.

Anti-Casino Candidate Defeated in Hokkaido Gubernatorial Race

Conservative Naomichi Suzuki defeated opposition-backed Tomohiro Ishikawa in the Hokkaido gubernatorial race, keeping open the prospect that Tomakomai city might be allowed to make an IR bid.

Genting: Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Monopoly in Malaysia. Monopoly in the five boroughs of New York. Duopoly in Singapore. Oligopoly in Manila. What is there not to like? Sure, Genting has had its fair share of misses, but they are easily forgiven in the light of the big scores on the board.

Ho Open to Partnering with Packer Again

During an interview with CNBC’s Christine Tan, Melco Resorts Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho said he “wouldn’t hesitate” to partner with Australian gaming mogul James Packer again should the opportunity arise.

NagaCorp Faces Union Backlash over Wage Dispute

Hong Kong-listed NagaCorp is under fire from labor rights groups after dismissing a union leader amid an ongoing wage dispute.

Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Casino Resort to Open June 28

The former Trump Taj Mahal casino is being rebranded as a Hard Rock property. It is one of two shuttered casinos due to reopen this summer, along with the former Revel casino, renamed the Ocean Resort Casino.

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Green Resigns from Silver Heritage Group

Australia-listed Silver Heritage Group has announced the resignation of its non-executive director and chairman, David Green, effective immediately.

Revised Gambling Addiction Bill Submitted to Diet

The ruling coalition has withdrawn its Basic Bill on Gambling Addiction Countermeasures which it had submitted last December and in its place submitted a revised bill jointly supported by the Liberal Democratic Party, Komeito Party, and the conservative opposition Japan Innovation Party.

IR Implementation Bill Headed for Early July Enactment

Reports Tuesday revealed that the ruling coalition is planning to extend the Ordinary Diet Session by several weeks in order to assure passage of the IR Implementation Bill as well as a controversial labor policy bill. This takes all drama out of the matter—the IR legislation is now near certain to be enacted in early July.

Government to Bring Casino Industry in Line under New Act

With the Nepalese gaming industry expected to boom, the government has announced it will be submitting a new casino bill aimed at encouraging foreign investment into the sector, and bring its existing casinos in line.

Wakayama Officials Confident about IR Bid

Although few independent analysts have rated Wakayama’s chances of winning one of three available IR licenses very highly, prefectural officials are pressing ahead with considerable confidence about their bid.