The Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) has revealed that it will be launching a special “Osaka-Kansai Project Team” to focus on the development of the prospective IR and 2025 World Expo at Yumeshima, as well as some other projects in the region.
The Yokohama municipal government, which says it has made no decisions about whether or not to pursue an IR bid , will be holding two explanatory meetings for citizens later this month about the results of its RFI process for the Yamashita Pier site.
Last week, Yokohama police raided an illegal internet casino shop called “Beast” and arrested four people, including the manager, Hiroyuki Shishido.
Despite Governor Yuriko Koike’s indication in January that she isn’t considering an IR bid for the former Tsukiji Fish Market site, numerous observers believe that such a bid is indeed quietly under consideration, either at Tsukiji or on Odaiba.
Despite Osaka’s strong desire to open its Yumeshima IR in 2024, before the World Expo, a new research brief from Global Market Advisors predicts that this timeline will now prove to be too ambitious, and in fact the first Japanese IRs will not able to open their doors before early 2026.
Sasebo’s campaign to build an IR at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park has been given a major boost by the Kyushu Governors’ Association, which has decided to offer proactive support and dismiss the recent rival candidacy of Kitakyushu city.
Melco Resorts & Entertainment Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho says that their recent acquisition of shares in Crown Resorts will help to accelerate their bid for a Japan casino license.