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Osaka May Be Ripe for an IR Rethink

At many points in the IR development process it seemed that Osaka’s leaders were running the most masterful campaign to gain one of the three available licenses, but it may now be time for Mayor Ichiro Matsui and Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura to step back, take a breath, and look at the situation with fresh eyes.

Akimoto Out of Detention, But Many Unanswered Questions Remain

As with most of the other major political scandals in the Shinzo Abe era, the final chapter does not seem to conclude with an unraveling of the mysteries, with lessons learned, and then the beginning of reforms, but rather with the investigations grinding to a halt before they reveal the full truth, with logical progressions left hanging, and with the government carrying on as if nothing were amiss.

A Conversation with Nagasaki Vice-Governor Ken Hirata

AGB Nippon recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Nagasaki Vice-Governor Ken Hirata, who gave us the low-down on one of the best prepared local government IR candidacies, touching on a variety of issues of national significance.

IR Operator View of the Risks of the Japanese Market

Genting Singapore, a major Asian IR operator deeply interested in the Japanese market, has been the most tightlipped of all of the bidders about their plans for the country. This changed significantly on Monday, however, with the issuance of an 84-page “Circular to Shareholders” that outlined a number of key points about the company’s objectives.

Clairvest: Hokkaido’s IR Bid May Yet Reemerge

“Hokkaido is still a very strong location for one of the Japanese Integrated Resorts based on the concept of good food, good sports, and good nature. Our position is unchanged.” So says Robert Verdier, president of The Taffrail Group, which leads the Clairvest Group’s IR campaign in Japan, in an exclusive interview with AGB Nippon.

The Limits of the Abe Government’s Bulldozer Approach

On the issue of IR development in Japan, the Shinzo Abe government has, from start to finish, acted like a political bulldozer, assuming that the opposition parties and the majority opinion of the Japanese people could simply be swept aside by overwhelming force. This approach has indeed taken them a long way forward, but the costs are now mounting and the limits may be in sight.

Japan’s IR Industry as Caesar’s Wife

Caesar's wife must be above suspicion. This two-thousand-year-old nugget of political wisdom from another part of the world holds an important lesson for Japan’s fledgling IR industry even today.

Casino Taxation System Remains Point of Contention

Even at this late stage, the Japanese government’s policy on the taxation of casinos and IRs remains both unclear and a point of contention.

Hokkaido White IR Fades Out

The decision by Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki to drop out of the Japan IR race does not simply remove one more local government from contention, it also represents the collapse of what was arguably the strongest IR initiative outside of the Kansai and Kanto regions, the regional IR which probably would have produced the highest financial returns.

Yumeshima IR Candidacy is Osaka Government’s to Lose

It seemed that all and sundry in gaming circles had considered it a foregone conclusion that Osaka will be a venue for one of the first three Integrated Resorts (IR) to be developed in Japan.

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Bloomberry Caught Up in Bangladesh Bank Heist Legal Case

Bloomberry Resorts said its gaming unit has been cited in a US civil case attempting to recover funds stolen from Bangladesh’s central bank.

Government Proposes Voluntary Measures to Combat Gambling Addiction

The central government is proposing new measures to combat the gambling addiction associated with pachinko, horse racing, bicycle racing, etc., but its unwillingness to make any of the new measures legally obligatory is expected to draw criticism from health professionals and other stakeholders.

Tokyo Adopts Revised Tsukiji Redevelopment Plan

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government decided on Friday to adopt the proposed plan for the redevelopment of the former Tsukiji fish market as an entertainment area hosting an international conference center. The initial proposals were revised, however, by emphasizing that “food culture” would be a major theme of the redevelopment.

Galaxy Entertainment Bringing Manchester City Football Club to Japan

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.