Yokohama Launches RFC Process for Yamashita Pier IR

The Yokohama municipal government has launched its RFC process for private businesses interested in developing Yamashita Pier into a major urban IR.

MGM Asset Sales “Dry Powder” for Japan Bid

MGM Resorts’ accord to divest two major assets will raise US$4.3 billion in net proceeds and potentially raise funds for a development in Japan, according to analysts at Bernstein Research.

Mohegan Opens Office in Tomakomai, Hokkaido

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has announced the opening of its office in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, where it is one of several international IR operators hoping to build a regional IR.

California Indians Select Konami’s Casino Management System

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians, owners and operators of the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa near Palm Springs, California, have selected Konami Gaming’s Synkros casino management system for all of their expanding casino operations.

JCM Global to Use Facial Recognition Tech to Enhance Casino Security

JCM Global, an Osaka-based firm which supplies cash transaction technologies to the gaming industry, has announced a partnership with Las Vegas-based eConnect to utilize facial recognition technology to enhance casino security.

Wynn Resorts Confirms Withdrawal from Osaka IR Race

Wynn Resorts has confirmed to AGB Nippon that it has quietly withdrawn from the IR race in Osaka and will focus its efforts on gaining an IR license in the Kanto region.

Pro-IR Forces Mobilize in Hokkaido

Political and business groups in favor of building an IR in Tomakomai city are mobilizing their forces in an attempt to ensure that Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki will decide to move forward with the contemplated IR bid.

Osaka City Council Passes Budget for Yumeshima IR Environmental Impact Assessment

On Wednesday, the Osaka City Council approved a special budget to carry out the environmental impact assessment for the anticipated Yumeshima IR. The municipal funds approved for the assessment are 9 million yen (about US$83,300).

Spectrum Gaming Group Expands Asia Team

Gaming consultancy Spectrum Gaming Group has announced the expansion of its Asia team with the hiring of several new executives.

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.

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Anti-Casino Mayoral Candidate Emerges in Wakayama

The issue of Wakayama’s IR bid will be a leading point of contention in the city’s July 29 mayoral election after a decidedly anti-casino challenger, Kumiko Shima, announced her candidacy.

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Sports Betting

The US Supreme Court has struck down a federal law against sports betting, paving the way for states to introduce legislation and opening a multi-billion dollar market.

Star Entertainment VIP Revenue Surges

Star Entertainment Group said its international VIP rebate business has continued to show strong growth into the second quarter, with turnover jumping almost 64 percent year to date.

Judicial Scriveners’ Association Calls for Scrapping IR Bill

The Japan Federation of Shiho-Shoshi Lawyer's Associations, the leading group for the nation’s judicial scriveners who specialize in legal registration procedures, issued a statement on June 5 calling for the IR Implementation Bill to be scrapped.

Opposition Makes Last Ditch Appeal against IR Bill

Five House of Representatives lawmakers from five separate opposition parties held a press conference within the Diet Building on June 12 in a last ditch attempt to prevent the passage of the IR Implementation Bill through the Lower House.