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National Policymakers Discuss Gambling Addiction Countermeasures

Makoto Nakagawa, deputy-secretary general of the Abe Cabinet’s Office of Integrated Resort Regime Promotion—an elite bureaucrat and arguably the single-most influential individual at this juncture when it comes to designing specific policies related to the establishment of Japan’s IR industry—remained for the entire three hours of an event in Tokyo on Thursday that discussed public policymaking regarding anti-gambling addiction countermeasures in Canada.

Hokkaido Experts Committee Acknowledges Tomakomai As Leading IR Candidate

The Experts Committee established by Hokkaido Governor Harumi Takahashi held its third meeting on Wednesday and declared that among the three municipalities vying for prefectural government’s support, Tomakomai clearly held the advantage.

Wakayama Prefecture Publishes Revised IR Plan

On Tuesday the Wakayama Prefectural Government published its revised IR plan taking into account aspects of the IR Implementation Act and suggestions made by the 33 companies, including seven international IR operators, that participated in the RFI process which concluded in August.

Midnight Bicycle Racing Revenues Record 13.7% Annual Growth

Midnight Bicycle Racing is boosting the otherwise flagging revenues of bicycle racing across the nation. According to the latest figures released by the National Bicycle Racing Enforcement Council, Midnight Bicycle Racing revenues combined with the associated telephone bets were up 13.7% nationally in the April-September period over the previous year’s figures, and they accounted for 45.1% of all bicycle racing income.

Universal Entertainment to Acquire US$17.8 Million in Treasury Stock

Universal Entertainment Corporation says it will be spending up to 2 billion yen (about US$17.8 million) to acquire the company’s common stock and converting it to Treasury stock.

Sega Sammy Seeks Future as Major International IR Operator

Sega Sammy Holdings released its 150-page “Integrated Report 2018” this week in which, among other things, the company proclaims its intention to be “on an equal footing with world-famous IR operators” both domestically and internationally.

Six Operators Remain in Tomakomai IR Race

It would appear that the competition to partner with the Tomakomai municipal government has now narrowed down to six serious suitors—Caesars, Hard Rock, Mohegan, Rush Street, Clairvest, and Foxwoods.

Wynn Resorts Preparing to Open Japan Office

Wynn Resorts is preparing to open its Japan IR development office before the end of the year, said Chris Gordon, president of Wynn Resorts Development, to AGB Nippon in an exclusive interview.

eSports Stadium “Key Component” for Melco IR Design in Japan

An eSports stadium would “very likely” be a “key component” of any major market IR that Melco Resorts & Entertainment would build in Japan, CFO Geoff Davis told Nikkei Asian Review in a recent interview.

Deloitte Wins Tokyo IR Advisory Contract

Deloitte Tohmatsu has won the contract from the Bureau of Port and Harbor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to research the economic and social impacts of building an IR in Japan’s capital city.

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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.