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.

Casino Management Board Likely to Be Established in January

Now that the House of Councillors election has passed, it is expected that the Casino Management Board candidates will be examined by the National Diet in this autumn’s Extraordinary Session, and that the Board will be formally established in January 2020, about six months later than had been originally envisioned.

Senators Call for Inquiry into Allegations Against Crown Resorts

Several Australian senators have called for an independent inquiry into allegations that Crown Resorts was promoting illegal gambling promotion operations in China, that it was facilitating visas for VIPs and had close links to organized crime.

Whistleblower Makes Accusations Against Crown Resorts

A former employee of Crown Resorts has accused the company of engineering an illegal high-roller gambling promotion operation across China that led to the arrest of herself and 18 colleagues in 2016, local media reports.

Tokyo and Philippine Courts Reject Okada’s Appeals

Courts in Japan and the Philippines have rejected legal appeals from billionaire Kazuo Okada, who is seeking to regain control over his former gaming empire.

Macau Casinos Begin Testing Facial Recognition Systems

Several casinos are reportedly testing facial recognition systems inside their premises, according to Macau’s gaming regulator.

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Casino Legislation Remains Deeply Unpopular

Among Japanese lawmakers, dominated by conservative political parties, there is strong support for passage of the IR Implementation Bill in the current Diet session, but the latest poll by the Kyodo News agency shows that the legalization of casino gambling remains deeply unpopular with the public at large.

Sega Sammy’s Haruki Satomi Speaks of IR Ambitions

Haruki Satomi, president and COO of Sega Sammy Holdings, as well as the son of company founder Hajime Satomi, was interviewed on CNBC on May 4, speaking of his company’s IR ambitions.

EY Wins Wakayama RFI Consulting Contract

On Thursday, the Wakayama Prefectural Government announced that it had selected the auditing firm EY to conduct its RFI process with IR operators.

Bloomberry Resorts Eyes Wakayama IR Bid

Philippines-based Bloomberry Resorts, the operator of the Solaire Resort in Manila, was an early mover on seeking an IR license in Japan, and their main interest appears to have converged on Wakayama’s Marina City location.

Wynn Resorts Appoints First Sustainability Officer

Wynn Resorts has announced the appointment of Erik Hansen as the company’s first Chief Sustainability Officer.