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.

MyNumber Card Penetration Rate Reaches 11.5%

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, only 11.5% of Japanese residents had obtained a MyNumber Card as of July 1, posing an additional concern for Japan’s future IRs.

Wynn Resorts Agrees on Settlement with Nevada Regulators

US casino operator Wynn Resorts will be paying a settlement with the Nevada Gaming Control Board after an investigation found that former executives failed to investigate and act on allegations of sexual misconduct against founder Steve Wynn.

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.

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.

Osaka Political Leaders Attack IR Policy Delay

Osaka's main political leaders publicly attacked the national government's decision to delay the issuance of regulations for the IR bidding process, describing it as both bad policy and weak politics.

Fukuoka Apartment Used for Illegal Internet Gambling

Fukuoka police arrested an unemployed man last week on suspicion that he was helping to run an illegal internet gambling ring based out of a single-room apartment in Hakata Ward.

Nagoya Police Arrest 17 People in Internet Casino Crackdown

Over the weekend police in Nagoya city swooped down on three stores, including one named “Samurai,” which they say offered illegal internet gambling. A total of 17 people were arrested, including 8 store employees and 9 customers.

PAGCOR Continues War of Words with Quezon Mayor

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has again hit out at Quezon City’s acting mayor over her stance towards a planned integrated resort in the area, saying she should have played a more active role during the planning process.

Adelson’s Hand Seen Behind Online Gambling Ban

The US Justice Department’s unusual reversal of policy which may effectively ban online gambling follows millions of dollars in lobbying by Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson.

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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.