In an earnings conference call on Wednesday, Las Vegas Sands President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Goldstein spoke enthusiastically about his companies prospects and plans in Japan.
Just days before she is set to leave office, outgoing Hokkaido Governor Harumi Takahashi has made her clearest statements of support for the prefecture to back Tomakomai city’s prospective IR license bid.
Backed by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and the Tokyo Medical Association, the "No Smoking Promotion Business Consortium” was launched on Thursday as the latest effort to bring Japan’s public policies on smoking in line with most other advanced nations.
Macau-based IR operator Galaxy Entertainment announced on Wednesday that they will sponsor the annual “EuroJapan Cup” for two consecutive years beginning this summer. Within this framework, English Premier League champions Manchester City Football Club will play the Yokohama F. Marinos at Yokohama’s Nissan Stadium on July 27.
On Sunday, the official campaign period began for the second round of the Unified Local Elections, which will include mayoral elections in Sasebo and city council races in the cities of Sasebo, Wakayama, and Tomakomai, where debate over local IR plans is expected to be the top political issue.
Hokkaido Tourism Organization Chairman Yoshihiro Sekihachi made clear in recent statements to the Nihon Keizai Shinbun that he supports two specific measures to stimulate the growth of tourism: the development of an IR within the prefecture and instituting a special tourist tax.
In the month of February, the Recovery Support Network (RSN), a pachinko addiction helpline headed by Naoyuki Nishimura, received a total of 503 calls to its hotline, 41 cases more than in the previous month.
Following the success of a similar event in Wakayama in February, a second Business-Connect Seminar will be held on June 27 in Sasebo, sanctioned by the Nagasaki Prefectural Government and hosted by the Sasebo Chamber of Commerce and Industry.