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Makinohara Drops Out of IR Race

Makinohara city’s seven-month campaign to make an IR bid has come to an abrupt end after finding that the Shizuoka prefectural government, whose support is a necessary condition to move forward, has taken an uncooperative stance towards the city’s proposal.

Anti-Casino Group Holds Rally in Wakayama

A group called the “Kainan Association Against the Wakayama Casino” held a study meeting on the 10th at the Kainan Sports Center, not far from the IR candidate site at Marina City.

Las Vegas Sands Sponsors Rock Music Festival in Osaka

Las Vegas Sands has announced that it has become a top-tier sponsor for the Summer Sonic 2019 rock music festival to be held at Osaka’s Maishima Sonic Park for three days from August 16.

Galaxy Brings Japanese Students to Macau for IR Education

Galaxy Entertainment has announced a new three-week program which will bring students from Toyo University, Kyoto Sangyo University, Fukuoka University, and Okura Nikko Hotel Management to Macau for training about the IR industry.

MGM’s Murren Says Osaka IR Can Open Before 2025 World Expo

MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO James Murren has told the Japan Times that there is still enough time to open the Osaka Yumeshima IR before the 2025 World Expo, and thus capturing the benefits of having an estimated 28 million people coming to the next-door attractions of Expo.

Illegal Casino-Related Busts in Nagoya and Tokyo

Police continue to announce busts related to illegal casinos in major cities across the country, with two fresh busts in Nagoya and the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo coming just this week, netting a total of four arrests.

Universal Entertainment Revenues Increase 12.9% in January-June 2019 Period

Universal Entertainment saw its net sales increase 12.9% to 52.5 billion yen (about US$495 million) in the first half of 2019, boosted mainly by growth across all segments at Okada Manila.

Wakayama IR Experts Committee Holds First Meeting

The Wakayama IR Experts Committee under the chairmanship of Tokyo University Professor Emeritus Motoshige Ito held its first meeting on Tuesday, launching a new phase in the prefecture’s campaign to bring an IR to the Marina City location.

First Japan IR Expo in Hokkaido Set for December

The first Japan IR Expo in Hokkaido has been scheduled for December 11 and 12, 2019, highlighting continuing interest in Japan’s northernmost prefecture.

Bernstein: Annual Japan IR Revenues US$9 Billion to US$11 Billion

If the first three IRs include one each in the Kanto and Kansai, then their combined annual revenues will probably fall in the US$9 billion to US$11 billion range, estimates Bernstein Research in an August 6 note.

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US Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Sports Betting

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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.