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Of MICE and Myths

Japan has made the highly lucrative MICE business one of the key pillars of its integrated resort policy, though it’s unlikely to knock Singapore off its perch as the regional leader any time soon, even with its shiny new properties.

Establishment of Casino Management Board Set for January 7

The Abe Cabinet adopted an ordinance on Friday to establish the long-awaited Casino Management Board on January 7, 2020.

Osaka Might Rent, Not Sell, Yumeshima Land to IR Operator

Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui is leaning toward a policy that would see the 49 hectares of land utilized for IR development at Yumeshima rented to the operator rather than sold.

Yokohama Launches RFC Process for Yamashita Pier IR

The Yokohama municipal government has launched its RFC process for private businesses interested in developing Yamashita Pier into a major urban IR.

Mohegan Opens Office in Tomakomai, Hokkaido

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has announced the opening of its office in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, where it is one of several international IR operators hoping to build a regional IR.

Wynn Resorts Confirms Withdrawal from Osaka IR Race

Wynn Resorts has confirmed to AGB Nippon that it has quietly withdrawn from the IR race in Osaka and will focus its efforts on gaining an IR license in the Kanto region.

Pro-IR Forces Mobilize in Hokkaido

Political and business groups in favor of building an IR in Tomakomai city are mobilizing their forces in an attempt to ensure that Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki will decide to move forward with the contemplated IR bid.

Osaka City Council Passes Budget for Yumeshima IR Environmental Impact Assessment

On Wednesday, the Osaka City Council approved a special budget to carry out the environmental impact assessment for the anticipated Yumeshima IR. The municipal funds approved for the assessment are 9 million yen (about US$83,300).

Yokohama IR Plans Face Recall and Referendum Movements

Political parties and citizens opposed to an IR bid at Yamashita Pier are launching movements both to recall Fumiko Hayashi as mayor of Yokohama as well as to subject any casino construction plans to a popular referendum.

MGM Sponsors Osaka Festival for Third Consecutive Year

For the third year running, MGM Resorts has become a sponsor for the October 12th to 13th Dotombori River Festival, in particular focusing on the Yosakoi dancing events.

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Anti-Casino Mayoral Candidate Emerges in Wakayama

The issue of Wakayama’s IR bid will be a leading point of contention in the city’s July 29 mayoral election after a decidedly anti-casino challenger, Kumiko Shima, announced her candidacy.

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Sports Betting

The US Supreme Court has struck down a federal law against sports betting, paving the way for states to introduce legislation and opening a multi-billion dollar market.

Star Entertainment VIP Revenue Surges

Star Entertainment Group said its international VIP rebate business has continued to show strong growth into the second quarter, with turnover jumping almost 64 percent year to date.

Judicial Scriveners’ Association Calls for Scrapping IR Bill

The Japan Federation of Shiho-Shoshi Lawyer's Associations, the leading group for the nation’s judicial scriveners who specialize in legal registration procedures, issued a statement on June 5 calling for the IR Implementation Bill to be scrapped.

Opposition Makes Last Ditch Appeal against IR Bill

Five House of Representatives lawmakers from five separate opposition parties held a press conference within the Diet Building on June 12 in a last ditch attempt to prevent the passage of the IR Implementation Bill through the Lower House.