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Kuwana Mayor Cautiously Examining Possibility of IR Bid

Kuwana Mayor Narutaka Ito made clear at his regular press conference on Tuesday that his administration has not outright rejected Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura’s abrupt suggestion that neighboring city Kuwana (within neighboring Mie Prefecture) should consider an IR bid, but rather that they “are proceeding with the gathering of information.”

eSports Market Grows Exponentially

The eSports market in 2018 grew thirteen times larger in Japan compared to the previous year, reaching the 4.8 billion yen (about US$43 million) level, according to an estimate by gaming industry publisher Gzbrain.

New Osaka Business Leader Another IR Advocate

The Kansai Association of Corporate Executives has selected a new co-chairman, Hiroyuki Fukano, who immediately affirmed his support for Osaka’s 2025 World Expo as well as its IR bid at Yumeshima.

Fans Come to the Rescue of Scandal-Plagued Iwate Racing

Steroid scandals and the associated suspension of races did not scare away the loyal fans of the Iwate Prefectural Horse Racing Association (Iwate Keiba), as demonstrated by its recently-reported revenue returns.
Kanto Region IR Consortium

Sega Sammy Aims for “Top Share” in Kanto Region IR Consortium

At a Sega Sammy Holdings management meeting held on November 30, President and COO Haruki Satomi revealed that his firm was aiming for the “top share” in any IR consortium to be built in the Tokyo-Yokohama region.
Yumeshima-Kyoto Train Line

Keihan’s Vision of a Yumeshima-Kyoto Train Line Draws Nearer

Yoshifumi Kato, president and CEO of Keihan Holdings, who announced last year that it was “his greatest mission” to connect by railway the anticipated IR at Yumeshima, Osaka, with Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto, is seeing his vision come nearer reality, according to a recent article in the Nihon Keizai Shinbun.
Laurence Ho

Japan IR is “Priceless Opportunity” for Melco

In a Tokyo interview with Bloomberg television, Melco Resorts & Entertainment Chairman & CEO said of his IR license hunt that “the opportunity for Melco is priceless and we will do whatever we need to do to win.”
Osaka Mayor Yoshimura

Osaka Mayor Yoshimura Outlines Yumeshima Infrastructure Plans

Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura says that the newly developed Yumeshima will need not only rail links, but also high-speed ferry services and wider bridges in order to meet the traffic needs of the future, and that all of this should be completed by FY2024.

Neil Bluhm Talks Tomakomai

Rush Street Gaming has an unbroken record of success, and that is why they are confident in winning an IR license in Japan at this time. So says Neil Bluhm, the company’s chairman and noted Chicago billionaire in an exclusive interview with AGB Nippon.

HOGO and Asia Gaming Brief Team Up with Wakayama Chamber of Commerce to Launch...

HOGO has announced a partnership with Asia Gaming Brief and the Wakayama Chamber of Commerce for the purpose of launching the Wakayama Integrated Resort Business-Connect Seminar on February 19, 2019.

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Fitch Pegs Japan IR Revenues at US$6 Billion

Fitch Ratings has estimated that the first round of IR construction in Japan will create revenues in the US$6 billion range, much smaller than, for example, the Morgan Stanley report of April 11 which foresaw a US$15 billion Japanese IR market developing by 2025.

Casino Entry Fee Remains Point of Contention

Japan’s proposed anti-addiction measures are viewed as generally “well-balanced,” though a lowering of the casino entry fee should be considered, said experts at the Japan Gaming Congress on Friday.

Hong Kong Jockey Club Warns about Illegal Betting

Illegal gambling is growing twice as fast as wagering and about US$140 billion is laundered annually though illegal markets, local media reports.

Laguna Lăng Cô Receives Casino License, Expects 2022 Opening

The Laguna Lăng Cô integrated resort is expected to open its new casino in 2022, after receiving the country’s first casino license in ten years.

Shares in South Korea’s Casino Operators Rally Ahead of Summit

Shares in South Korea’s casino operators rallied on Tuesday ahead of a summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un on hopes for greater cross border cooperation, including a potential casino project.