Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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.

Duterte Closes Door on Casino Expansion

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says there will be no further expansion of the gaming industry in his country and raised doubts about the future of major investments that were already in the works.

Deloitte Japan Fined for Violating Auditor Independence Rules

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced last week that Deloitte Tohmatsu (Deloitte Japan) had agreed to pay a US$2 million fine to settle charges that it had violated auditor independence rules.

Japan Tourism Agency Reorganizes to Take on IR Selection Duties

The organization of the Japan Tourism Agency—which falls under the auspices of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism—has been reshuffled to strengthen its ability to carry out its duties to select candidate sites for licensing and to oversee the IR industry.

Five Arrested for Violent Break-In at Illegal Online Casino Store in Tokyo

Tokyo police announced that they have arrested five suspects for a violent invasion of an illegal online casino store in the Kinshicho district of Tokyo.

Senator Calls for Inquiry into POGO Workers

Philippines Senator Leila M. de Lima has filed a resolution seeking an inquiry into illegal workers at foreign gaming firms, particularly in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGO) establishments.

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.

Tokyo Cops Bust Illegal Internet Casino in Kabukicho

Tokyo police have arrested two people in connection with an illegal internet casino that had been operating in the basement of a building in Kabukicho for the past two months.

Philippine Court Orders PAGCOR to Issue Casino License

The Philippine Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling ordering the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to issue a license for Waterfront Philippines to operate an IR in Manila’s Entertainment City.

Illegal Internet Casinos Busted in Tokyo and Nagoya

This past weekend saw two separate police raids against illegal internet casinos in Tokyo and Nagoya, the latest in an ongoing series of such legal actions in major Japanese cities. The two raids occurred within a three-hour period.

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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.