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Sands’ Goldstein: “Our Commitment to Japan is Immense”

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.

Outgoing Hokkaido Governor Promotes IR to Successor

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.

No Smoking Business Consortium Launched in Tokyo

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.

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.

Vocational School Launching IR Education Course

The Jikei School of Hospitality in Osaka has launched the first program by a vocational school to educate students for the anticipated IR industry.

Tokoname Mayor Retiring Early

On April 21 Tokoname city will not only have its regularly scheduled city council elections, but also its mayoral race more than half a year early, due to the retirement of Mayor Norihiko Kataoka.

Municipal Elections Approaching in Sasebo, Wakayama, and Tomakomai

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 Chief Supports IR Development and a Tourist Tax

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.

Problem Gambling Hotline Receives 503 Calls in February

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.

Sasebo to Hold Business-Connect Seminar in Late June

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.

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Kangwon Land Profit Falls 30 Percent in 2018Q1

Kangwon Land, South Korea’s only casino that allows Korean nationals to enter, reported a 30.3 percent decrease in profit for the first quarter of 2018.

Dynam Sees Rising Profits in FY2017

Pachinko hall operator Dynam reported a 13.3 percent increase in its profits before tax as compared to the previous year.

Maruhan Suffers 7.6% Revenue Decline in FY2017

Maruhan, operator of the second-largest number of pachinko halls and number one in terms of sales, suffered a 7.6% decline in overall revenues in FY2017, extending a decline that has continued for several years.

IR Bill Expected to Pass House of Representatives on June 14

According to Japanese media reports, the ruling party intends to pass the IR Implementation Bill thorough the Cabinet Committee on June 13 and through a plenary session of the House of Representatives on the following day, June 14.