Prosecutions Begin for Illegal Casinos ‘Lisboa’ and ‘Venetian’

Saitama prosecutors have reportedly decided to indict five of seven alleged managers of an illegal internet casino ring in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo.

Wynn Resorts Hit by Record US$20 Million Fine in Las Vegas

The Nevada Gaming Commission has fined Wynn Resorts the record amount of US$20 million for its inappropriate handling of sexual misconduct allegations against company co-founder Steve Wynn, who was forced the sever ties with the firm early last year.

Illegal Casino in Tokyo Ikebukuro Gathered Chinese Gamblers

Tokyo cops busted an illegal casino in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo that gathered a significant proportion of its patrons visiting from mainland China, and in fact regularly served members of a gang called “Chinese Dragon.”

Pachinko Machine Wholesaler Indicted for Tax Evasion

The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau last week indicted Mamoru Fujimoto, president of the Ibaraki prefecture-based pachinko machine wholesale firm MYSS on suspicion of evading about 41 million yen (about US$370,000) in taxes.

Cabinet Approves First Round of IR Regulatory Details

As anticipated, the Abe Cabinet approved on Tuesday the proposals for IR regulation that had been outlined by the Headquarters for Promoting Development of Specified Complex Tourist Facilities Areas on February 1.

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.

Cops Bust Illegal Casino in Yokohama

Kanagawa police raided an illegal casino in Yokohama’s Naka Ward on July 2 and arrested four people, including the shop’s manager, 34-year-old Takahiro Okamoto.

Macau Government Still Analyzing Gaming License Refreshment

The Macau government is still currently analyzing a technical report which would help determine their approach to the refreshment of Macau’s gaming concessions.

National Government to Delay IR Regulations Until Next Year

The Abe government is pulling back from the planned July 1 establishment of the Casino Management Board and the issuance of more specific IR bidding regulations out of concern that Japanese public opinion remains hostile to the legalization of casino gambling.

Landing Chairman Reportedly Detained in Cambodia

Landing International Chairman Yang Zhihui has reportedly been detained at an airport in Cambodia, according to reports from Chinese media.

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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.