Wednesday, November 20, 2019

US Federal Government Sues Imperial Pacific Over Harassment Charges

Imperial Pacific is being sued by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on allegations of sexual and verbal harassment by the company’s high roller clients.

Saipan Mulls More Junkets

The Commonwealth Casino Commission (CCC) in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands will discuss an application for four new junket operators today, together with a contract extension for Imperial Pacific International’s chairman.

Pachinko and Racing Industries Banned from Japanese IRs

A paragraph on page 10 of the 46-page draft of the IR Basic Plan answers one of the pending questions that has lingered in regard to Japanese IR regulation—pachinko and the public gambling industries such as horse racing and bicycle racing will be entirely banned from the grounds of Japanese IRs.

Ministry of Tourism Publishes IR Basic Plan

On the afternoon of September 4 the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism unexpectedly published the long-awaited draft of IR Basic Plan, giving local governments and operators a clearer idea of Japanese IR regulations.

Imperial Pacific Faces US$375,000 Fine for Late Fee Payment

Imperial Pacific International may be facing a fine of US$375,000 for late payment of its casino license renewal fee, according to local media reports.

Osaka Fast-Tracks Yumeshima Environmental Impact Assessment

Understanding that a seamless permits process is crucial to hopes of opening an IR before the 2025 World Expo, the Osaka prefectural and city governments are taking an unusual measure to expedite the required Yumeshima environmental impact assessment.

Imperial Pacific in Trouble Over Casino License Payment

Imperial Pacific International is in hot water with the Saipan government for paying only a third of its US$15 million annual casino license renewal fee, which was due on August 12, 2019.

Internet Casino Bust in Sakai City, Osaka

On Tuesday, police arrested eight people in connection with an illegal internet casino called Peach in Sakai city, Osaka Prefecture. Among those netted was a senior member of the Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza gang.

Illegal Casino-Related Busts in Nagoya and Tokyo

Police continue to announce busts related to illegal casinos in major cities across the country, with two fresh busts in Nagoya and the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo coming just this week, netting a total of four arrests.

Head of Suncity Group Reportedly Banned from Australia

Alvin Chau, the head of Macau’s biggest junket firm, Suncity Group Holdings, has been barred from entering Australia, according to reports in the Australian media.

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IR Market Projections May Be Too Rosy

While many industry analysts continue to assume that either Tokyo or Yokohama will pursue an IR bid, the political realities of Japanese local communities seem to indicate otherwise.

PRIME Philippines in Talks for Davao Casino

PRIME Philippines says it’s in talks with Davao City Investment Promotion Center for a hotel and casino in the area, local media reports.

Genting Bids for Andorra’s First Casino License

Genting, through its UK unit, is one of thirteen bidders for the first casino license in the principality of Andorra in the Pyrenees, Spanish media reports.

Iwanuma Struggles to Find Pro-IR Mayoral Candidate

Since the Iwanuma City Council passed a resolution last June to launch a feasibility study for an IR bid, little progress has been made. With mayoral elections approaching in about two weeks, there is no candidate yet to represent the pro-IR position.

Tourism Trends Offer Good News for Regional IRs

There may only be one or two IRs established in the smaller, regional areas of Japan in the 2020s, but current trends in the tourism industry offer them an encouraging outlook.