Makinohara Moving Forward with IR Plans

Makinohara city has recently become one of the most proactive local governments in preparing the ground for an IR bid, with the latest initiative being a lecture series about IRs aimed at skeptical local residents.

Sands Envisions US$10-12 Billion IR Investment in Yokohama

Las Vegas Sands executives told an earnings conference call that they are focusing attention on their Yokohama bid, which they envision will involve an investment of US$10-12 billion.

Macau’s IRs Polish CSR Credentials

Macau’s IRs are keen to highlight their commitment to returning to the community, with Melco Resorts & Entertainment and Sands China on Wednesday showcasing their efforts in corporate social responsibility.

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.

MGM China to Stop Using Single-Use Plastics from 2019

MGM China Holdings said it will stop using single-use plastics, such as straws and takeout containers, in all of its Macau restaurants from the first quarter of next year.

Sega Sammy Consolidates Group Companies in New Tokyo Office

The Sega Sammy Group is bringing together twenty of its group companies and about 6,500 employees into a centralized new headquarters building near Osaki Station in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo.

Flight Park and Entertainment Complex Opens in Tokoname

Chubu Centrair International Airport in Tokoname city, which is likely moving forward with an IR bid, will open on Friday a major component of its associated entertainment complex located right on Airport Island—the Flight of Dreams.

Migrant Workers Improve Local Economy

Local workers need to see lower-skilled foreign workers as people that improve the local economy, rather than “just labor,” says a Macau researcher, Macau News Agency reports.

Nagoya Mayor Rebuked for Proposing IR in Neighboring Prefecture

Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura came under criticism this week for suggesting that the Nagoya IR might actually be located in neighboring Kuwana city—which also happens to be in neighboring Mie Prefecture.

Hokkaido Municipalities Make Their IR Cases

The Experts Committee established by Hokkaido Governor Harumi Takahashi held its second meeting on August 30, this time hearing presentations from the three municipalities—Tomakomai, Rusutsu, and Kushiro—which are nominally in the race for prefectural government’s support.

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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

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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.