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Osaka Governor Frustrated with Legislative Delays

In a Wednesday press conference, Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui expressed his frustration with other national opposition parties for their boycott of legislative business, making it less likely that the IR Implementation Bill can be passed in the current Diet session.

Politicians Optimistic on IR Bill, But Divided on Details

Japan’s ruling coalition says it will push for both the implementation bill to govern the casino industry and legislation to address problem gambling to be passed before the end of the current Diet session on June 20, even though pro-IR parties still have widely different stances.

Izumisano Still Hoping for IR

Izumisano city in Osaka Prefecture has not given up its hopes of hosting an IR, even though rival Yumeshima has been backed by the incumbent governor.

Aquis and ESE Launch eSports Venture

Aquis Entertainment and Executive Sports and Entertainment (ESE) have reportedly launched a joint venture called QeSports to invest in the esports market.

Casino Proposals May Hit Investment Levels, Operators Warn

Government proposals presented to the ruling party this week relating to tax rates, entry fees, and casino floor space restrictions have drawn wildly different reviews from the business community and Japanese political parties.